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Sheriff’s office investigating fatal shooting involving deputy outside of Turlock

A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man armed with a weapon in a rural area of Turlock on Sunday afternoon, the sheriff’s office reported.

At 3:51 p.m. on Sunday, the sheriff’s office dispatched deputies to the 3100 block of N. Quincy Road for a report of a suspicious person.

Initial dispatch information said a white male adult had been trespassing and was armed with a weapon. 

Deputies, along with a Turlock Police Department K9 officer to provide back-up, responded to the scene and located the man.

“Deputies made several attempts to establish a dialogue, brought in multiple less-than-lethal options and tried to de-escalate the man into complying with their instructions,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Luke Schwartz. “While speaking with the armed suspect, he refused to drop the weapon and charged at deputies without warning.”

A deputy fired his gun at the man. It’s unknown how many times the man was shot. He was rendered first-aid and rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The name of the deceased has not been released.

The sheriff’s office Major Crimes Unit was processing the scene, gathering evidence and identifying witnesses.

No law enforcement personnel were injured during this critical incident.  

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting an independent investigation and review into the officer involved shooting. The SCSO Internal Affairs Unit will also be conducting their own administrative review to determine if agency policies were followed.

Detective Summerton is the primary case agent. He can be reached by calling 209-525-5625 should citizens have witness information to share. Tipsters can also contact Stanislaus County Area Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous by calling 1-866-602-6463.