Kidnapping, False Imprisonment Suspect Killed in Modesto Deputy-Involved Shooting

MODESTO -- Authorities are investigating a deputy-involved shooting that happened Wednesday evening in Modesto.

Just after 10 p.m., Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a kidnapping and false imprisonment incident when they located their suspect walking in the area of Vine and Madison streets with his victim.

Stephen Murray, 52 (Credit: Modesto Police Department)

Investigators say the suspect, identified as 52-year-old Stephen Murray, had been holding a woman he knew against her will for more than 24 hours.

Murray also had warrants for auto theft and weapons violations.

When authorities attempted to arrest Murray he took the victim hostage with a firearm, putting her between himself and the deputies.

Investigators said a deputy-involved shooting occurred and Murray was struck by gunfire.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said the weapon recovered at the scene was determined to be a replica firearm.

The kidnapping victim involved was rescued and unharmed.

Those living in the neighborhood say they are used to yellow crime tape.

"I mean, I always see the aftermath of shootings, I never see somebody actually get shot so I was pretty (shaken) up," neighbor Kathlina Perez said.

Perez says she did not recognize Murray nor the victim as neighbors.

"It was horrible," she said. "It was ugly."

Authorities said there are three investigations underway in connection to the shooting. The deputies who fired at Murray have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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