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Shootout at August Knodt

Suspects take aim at Stockton police with assault rifle

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POSTED July 11, 2013 12:17 a.m.

STOCKTON – A shootout at August Knodt Elementary School Wednesday evening between Stockton officers and four occupants from a vehicle that was the subject of a traffic stop netted three arrests.

One suspect remains at large.

One apprehended suspect was shot in the altercation.

No officers had reportedly been injured in the exchange of gunfire.

August Knodt is east of Interstate 5 and north of Lathrop Road and resides in Weston Ranch, a south Stockton community.

Stockton Police Public Information Officer Joe Silva said the shootout began at about 6:20 p.m. when patrolmen made a traffic stop that led to an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the officers on a street near William Moss Boulevard and Violet Cheng Place.

Silva said the suspects got out of their Nissan Altima and fired at the officers with a high-powered assault rifle.  Officers returned fire as they pursued the suspects onto the school grounds, wounding one suspect who was transported to an area hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries.

One other suspect was detained on the school campus with the third man spotted on the roof.  The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s helicopter was called to the scene as well as the Stockton SWAT team to help in the removal of that suspect and to search the area for the final male who had evaded officers.

A turnout of officers from the Sheriff’s Department in addition to many units from the Stockton Police Department filled the scene into the night as the helicopter continued to search for the missing suspect.

Silva said officers had located the high-powered rifle and a hand gun on the campus, as well as other evidence of the shootout between officers and the suspects.  A multi-agency protocol investigative team had been called in to determine what events led up to the shooting.

The Stockton Community Response Team and the county-wide task force on the street daily to combat Stockton area crime were also part of the shooting investigation, Silva said.

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