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Sheriff: Man Shot Dead by Officers After Car Chase Through Stanislaus County

MODESTO -- Two officers shot a 27-year-old man Sunday following a car chase that ended in a residential area in Modesto.

Around 1:08 a.m., the man allegedly led two Ceres police officers on a car chase through an unincorporated area within Stanislaus County, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

A woman named Summer Pimentel told FOX40 she is the older sister of the man, who later died at a local hospital, according to the sheriff's department.

According to Summer Pimentel, her brother, Nicholas Pimentel, had gone out after work with his girlfriend.

Nicholas Pimentel's girlfriend alleges he had been driving drunk and was bumping into cars on the way home. The girlfriend told his family that officers shined lights on the car, but Nicholas Pimentel did not pull over. She said officers then tried to use a pit maneuver, but the 27-year-old allegedly did not have a chance to stop and pull over.

Officers reportedly started shooting near Imperial Avenue and Ustick Road, and Nicholas Pimentel allegedly urged his girlfriend to duck. Both passengers were then told to put their hands up, but Nicholas Pimentel had been shot, according to his girlfriend. She says she was forced to raise his hands, too.

Summer Pimentel reports a neighbor told her family that they heard 14 to 15 shots fired and that they were told that her brother was alive when he was taken to the hospital. According to another neighbor, however, Nicholas Pimentel had been covered at the scene.
The 27-year-old reportedly had a 7-year-old son.

The officers were not injured and have been placed on administrative leave.

Three separate investigations have been launched by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, the Ceres Police Department and the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office. Officials have not released the names of the officers.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral costs for Nicholas Pimentel.