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Stop to give aid turns into carjacking for firefighter
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An off-duty volunteer firefighter stopping to help victims of a car crash became the victim of a carjacking Thursday morning in Ballico, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

The car crash occurred in the area of El Capitan Way and Ballico Avenue around 7:30 a.m. and involved a white Carivan minivan and a red Ford Explorer.

The firefighter arrived at the scene just after the crash and when he went to check on the victims he had a gun pulled on him, according to the sheriff’s department. The suspect was the driver of the Ford, according to the sheriff’s department.

The armed man demanded the victim’s vehicle, a Duramax pickup, and other property and then left the area in the pickup. The pickup was found later in the afternoon, but the suspect remains at large.

The suspect was described as a white male wearing a white T-shirt with the California state flag on it.

The occupants of the van were a family from Delhi. There were no major injuries reported from the incident.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Dispatch at 385-7445.