Three separate law enforcement investigations are underway into the shooting death by Stanislaus County sheriff deputies of a 46-year-old Modesto restaurant owner at the end of a pursuit from Salida to Ripon.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department released the name of the deceased woman, Evin Olsen, who is said to have been the owner of the Barking Dog Grill in downtown Modesto. She died at the scene on Tornell Circle after being shot by a deputy Sunday at 3 a.m. and where she subsequently crashed into a home after reportedly losing control of her Volkswagen Passat.
Olsen leaves her husband and a 10-year-old son. She lived in what has been described as an upscale Modesto neighborhood.
The Ripon Police Department is the lead agency since the shooting occurred within its jurisdiction. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an administrative review. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office that reportedly will conduct an independent review of the shooting. The preliminary investigation was aided by the California Department of Justice team from Ripon.
Detectives were winding up their investigations Monday, having processed the crime scene evidence and completing their interviews of witnesses to the early morning shooting in a southeast residential section of Ripon north of Highway 99.
Deputies have yet to reason for the pursuit other than Olsen drove away from an attempted traffic stop and drove north some six miles into Ripon where deputies brought her vehicle to a stop at the entrance to Tornell Circle near Stouffer Park at South Manley Road. Deputies soon broadcast that shots had been fired as the woman’s car drove across the circle’s entrance turning to the right and crashing into the front of a home and a large window at the end of the street in the 800 block of Tornell Circle.
A Sheriff’s Department spokesman noted that this was the first officer involved shooting in their department since July of 2012. Anyone with information that may shed more light on the pursuit and shooting is urged to contact Ripon Police Detective Alex Burgois at 209.599.2102.
Those wishing to offer tips in the case and remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 209.521.4636. Tipsters can also email tips to www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has promised an updated press release on the shooting investigation today.