Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators found a "replica gun" at the scene of a shooting involving a Stockton traffic officer and a bank robbery suspect.
The shooting happened after a white hatchback vehicle fitting the description of a getaway car from a BBVA Compass Bank robbery sped past Officer Brian Breckenridge while he was on his way home from work on southbound Highway 99 at around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
Breckenridge gave chase and the suspect car lost control and rolled over. The driver, identified as Jessie Bryant, emerged from the overturned vehicle.
“He got out of the driver’s side of the vehicle and at some point he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer, and the officer fired at Bryant, striking him in his lower body," said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
The sheriff's department is undertaking the investigation because the shooting happened in its jurisdiction.
Bryant, 29, of Turlock, was arrested for allegedly evading police, brandishing a weapon and violation of parole. A 27-year-old unnamed passenger is being treated for injuries related to the crash and was not charged with any crime.
Stockton police are still investigating the bank robbery and are not saying if Bryant was involved.
There is at least one other bank robbery in which Bryant may be a suspect. So far, the FBI has not commented on any connection to the robberies Bryant may have.