Man accused of shooting Merced deputy was in the U.S. illegally, sheriff says | Modesto Bee

modbee | 9/5/2019 | Staff
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A 51-year-old Dos Palos man accused of shooting a Merced County sheriff’s deputy was captured Thursday following a nearly hour-long high-speed chase.

According to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, the suspect Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera fired one shot at California Highway Patrol officers before he was apprehended after the chase ended in Kettleman City on Thursday afternoon. During a news conference Thursday, Warnke also revealed Lopez-Herrera was in the country illegally and had threatened the lives of his wife’s family.

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The detective, whose name has not been released, was shot just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Eucalyptus Road and Highway 33 in Dos Palos. Investigators were following up on a domestic violence report from the weekend.

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Warnke said the pursuit lasted 45 minutes or more and started with the city of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County and then it was turned over to the CHP. The chase covered stretches of Highways 46, 41 and Interstate 5 before a spike strip was deployed in Fresno County, disabling the white pickup truck driven by Lopez Herrera.

Because Guadalupe-Lopez had made threats on the lives of his wife’s family, officers were staked out in front of their home in San Luis Obispo County.

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The wounded detective was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Deputy Daryl Allen said. The detective was shot just above the knee and is “recovering well” according to Warnke.

“We started an investigation on this person as of Saturday,” Warnke said. “He’d been involved with several violent domestic violence cases and had been on the run, so to speak, for a length of time. We had tasked our (Sheriff’s Tactics And Reconnaissance) to locate and apprehend this person. He also had a warrant for his arrest.”

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