A pursuit of an armed man that began outside a Turlock motel Saturday morning ended a few miles away in Merced County with the suspect shot dead by Turlock Police officers after an allegedly attempted carjacking.
One Turlock Police officer was wounded in the leg during the incident. The officer was treated at a local hospital and has been released, police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Webb said.
The name of the injured officer has not been released.
The name of the man killed in the shootout has not been released pending next of kin notification.
The incident began around 6:30 a.m. Saturday when a Turlock Police officer spotted a Honda that had been involved in a pursuit with Turlock officers on Tuesday. The Honda was seen outside the Venice Motel at 1114 N. Golden State Boulevard. A white male was seen walking towards the Honda and as officers approached him, he began to run. As he was running he brandished a handgun at the officers, Webb said.
The man was able to get into the Honda and took off at a high speed headed westbound on Fulkerth Avenue.
With officers in pursuit after him, the suspect drove the Honda onto southbound Highway 99 and accelerated.
The pursuit continued for several miles to the Bradbury off ramp. As the Honda headed up the ramp, the suspect was seen moving over to the passenger side. He jumped out of the Honda at the top of the ramp.
The suspect ran to a truck that had pulled off to the side of the road. According to the police department, the suspect shot into the truck and officers opened fire to protect the individual in the truck.
It’s unknown how many times the suspect was hit. According to the police department he died at the scene.
The police department said the injured officer was struck in the leg during the shooting.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation into the incident because the shooting occurred in their jurisdiction. The Turlock Police Department will be conducting an administrative investigation.