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Man killed in confrontation with police is identified

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POSTED June 10, 2011 2:01 a.m.

Ernest Manuel Duenez Jr., 34, has been identified as the man who was fatally wounded Wednesday evening in a confrontation with a Manteca police officer following a traffic stop on the front lawn of a home in the 200 block of Flores Avenue.

Manteca Police spokesman Jason Hensley said that Duenez was pronounced dead at Doctors Hospital of Manteca after being transported by ambulance following the 6:45 p.m. shooting.

Hensley confirmed that Duenez had advanced on the officer with a weapon in hand when he was shot.   Police declined to say whether the weapon was a gun or a knife, but noted that the 10-year veteran of the department was in fear of his life when he opened fire.

Officers reportedly had prior knowledge that Duenez was a parolee-at-large and was considered armed and dangerous as a convicted felon.

Hensley said that Duenez had been convicted of burglary, statutory rape, possession of controlled substances, felony evading arrest, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a criminal street gang.

The Protocol Team is continuing its investigation into the shooting and will be forwarding the case to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office for review.  The officer was not injured and his name will not be released at this time, Hensley said.

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