Suspect Dead, Officer Injured Following Officer-Involved Shooting in Modesto

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MODESTO -- Detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead and an officer injured Monday night in Modesto.

According to the Modesto Police Department, an officer was assaulted and shots were fired during an altercation on Maserati Court, near Coffee Road and Sylvan Avenue.

About 9 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a 911 call from a woman reporting a family disturbance at her home. The woman said her estranged husband appeared to be under the influence and was vandalizing her vehicle.

Officers arrived at the home on Maserati Court and spoke with 42-year-old Spencer Herckt. As officers attempted to place Herckt in handcuffs, he bolted into his estranged wife's garage.

The situation escalated and officers used their tasers. The altercation between Herckt and the officers continued, and Herckt allegedly hit Officer Lewis Sargent in the back of the head with a large glass object.

Both officers fired their service weapons, and Herckt was hit.

Medical personnel attempted life-saving measures, but Herckt died at the scene.

Officer Sargent was medically treated for minor injuries and released. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

A multi-agency investigation has been launched.

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