Police Pursuit Near Ripon Ends in Crash, Shots Fired; Suspect Dead

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A suspect is dead after being shot by a law enforcement officer following a pursuit and crash, police said.

"The suspect vehicle collided with another vehicle, here at the offramp , which caused the other vehicle to roll over," Jodie Estarziau with Ripon Police said.

Estarziau told FOX40 officers with the San Joaquin County Delta Regional Auto Theft Team were pursuing a suspected stolen vehicle on Southbound 99 in Manteca. She said that driver failed to yield to officers at 99 and Austin and crashed into another vehicle shortly after, at 99 and Jack Tone Road.

The car was carrying a 5-year-old girl, who was injured. She suffered a large bump on the head but is expected to be OK, according to police.

Police originally said the 5-year-old was in the suspect vehicle, but later clarified she was in a car that was hit by the suspect vehicle.

Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion later confirmed two Mantenca Police officers fired their guns at the suspect.

Oblagacion said when the suspect got out of his car and fled, he was armed with a handgun, and that due to his actions, officers were forced to fire.

Two officers fired their weapons at the suspect and he was hit. Life-saving measures were performed at the scene. The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

One of the officers who fired was with the Manteca Police Department. The other officer was a Stockton police officer with the San Joaquin County Delta Regional Auto Theft Team.

"The first thing you think of when there is something like that, is there somebody out loose running around, you know?" June Sand said.

Sand is one of very few neighbors who live behind the almond orchards near where the suspect was shot.

She said when she saw how slow traffic was going and realized it was more than just a bad crash, she ran back inside for her own safety.

"It's really sad. Hopefully it's not someone I know, or someone I'm related to," Sand said.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect.

The situation is still developing. Please check back for updates.

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