Modesto Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

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MODESTO --

A man is in critical condition Sunday after he was shot by a Modesto police officer.

A Modesto police spokesperson said the incident started when the officer pulled over a car on Prescott Road north of Plaza Parkway.

According to Heather Graves, spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department, the man who was shot got out of the car and ran.

At some point as he fled, the Modesto police officer reported seeing a handgun.

Graves could not say whether the man who was shot brandished that gun or pointed it at the officer.

He did not fire it during the incident.

Graves says a handgun was recovered from the scene.

The Modesto police officer has been put on paid administrative leave, which is protocol in an officer involved shooting.

Police have detained a number of witnesses, including the other occupants who were in the car when the man fled.