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Manteca, Ripon Police Units Respond To Officer Down Call Near Modesto Mall At 11
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Two Ripon police units responded to a mutual aid “officer down” call in Modesto minutes after 11 a.m. Thursday morning where a sheriff’s deputy and a citizen were killed.

The Manteca PD SWAT team mobilized and responded to the scene in the 2100 block of Chrysler Drive near Prescott Avenue where a suspect was holed up in an apartment complex. Two deputies were reportedly serving eviction papers to a 40-year-old, 6-foot-2, Latino man with a military background who was also believed to have explosives fired on the two deputies.

Ripon officers were part of a team of some 20 law enforcement responders from various agencies who were going door-to-door to evacuate the residents in case of an explosive device. It was about 12:15 when the Ripon officers were heard on the police radio meeting up with the Manteca SWAT team at the end of the street.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s armored vehicle was also called to the Chrysler Drive address being used as a shield by officers.

Deputies were in more fear of their safety when they noticed a number of security cameras allowing the suspect to watch the police. The security cameras were reportedly shot out by officers to cut the video feed inside. A flash bang grenade and tear gas canisters were used to bring out the suspect as police surrounded the crime scene.

Heavy rain fall centered on the neighborhood after the initial response to the shooting.