A California sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty on Sunday morning, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department announced on Twitter.
The sheriff’s department initially tweeted around 9 a.m. local time that “multiple agencies” responded to “a critical incident involving a dep sheriff.”
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Sheriff Adam Christianson said that a Deputy Dennis Wallace, a 20-year veteran of the force, was shot twice at point-blank range around 8:30 a.m. while investigating a suspicious person and vehicle near a fishing access in Hughson, a city roughly 10 miles outside of Modesto.
“He was executed,” Christianson said. “We believe that Deputy Wallace was killed outside of the car and we know for a fact that the gun used in this crime was in direct contact with his head when the trigger was pulled twice.”
The suspect, who has been identified as 37-year-old David Machado, fled the scene and carjacked an escape vehicle in the nearby city of Ceres, Christianson said. He was apprehended later Sunday afternoon.
Source: ‘He Was Executed’: Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed Outside Modesto | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/Stanislaus-County-Sheriffs-Deputy-Killed-Outside-Modesto-401010385.html#ixzz4PvThbYFg
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The deputy killed on Sunday would be the fourth officer who died in the line of duty in SCSD history, according to the department’s website. The last death occurred in April 2012 when Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris was gunned down while serving an eviction notice.