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Suspect in CHP shooting facing attempted murder charges
Second suspect arrested

The Turlock man arrested for wounding a California Highway Patrol officer in an exchange of gunfire is now facing two counts of attempted murder.

Henry Moreno Arroyo, 40, of Turlock was charged with two counts of attempted murder of CHP officers Timothy Faust and Anthony Palazuelos, as well as enhancements for premeditation and having a firearm. Arroyo also was charged with an enhancement because he was out on bail at the time of the latest offense. The criminal complaint states Arroyo was previously charged with permitting a child to suffer under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death.

Arroyo appeared in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Monday for an arraignment. The case was postponed until Dec. 27 so Arroyo can make financial arraignments to hire a private attorney. His bail was set at $1.45 million. The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office plans on seeking a higher bail amount during a bail review hearing.

The two CHP officers work out of the Central Division office in Fresno and were assigned to the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task force. It's unknown which of the two was the one shot during the encounter. The wound was described by the Turlock Police Department as non-life-threatening and the officer has been released from the hospital.

The CHP officers were in Turlock on Dec. 16 as part of an investigation into a freeway shooting that occurred on Dec. 15. It's unknown where that shooting happened or if anyone was wounded. They had tracked down a vehicle in the 600 block of High Street that was believed to be involved in the incident.

As investigators were approaching the vehicle an individual began shooting at them. Investigators returned fire and the suspect fled on foot.

One individual was apprehended who was thought to be involved in the shooting. He was interviewed and was later released from custody, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley. As the investigation progressed over the next several days, evidence was gathered that pointed to that individual — Alexander Arroyo, 21, of Turlock — having some involvement in the shooting. He was taken into custody on Tuesday at the Turlock Police Department. He was booked into jail on two counts of attempted murder.

The call of an officer shot brought multiple law enforcement agencies from all over the county to Turlock to assist in the search. The neighborhoods around High Street were cordoned off as law enforcement set up a perimeter to keep the suspect in the area. Hours into the incident, Henry Arroyo was taken into custody.

Henry Arroyo had sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot injury and received medical treatment. After he was medically cleared, he was booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this incident, to call Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 664-7323. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at