Modesto police release bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting at Motel 6

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- There are now three separate investigations underway after Modesto officers shot and killed a suspect Friday night in his motel room.

Officers went to the Motel 6 to assist a bail bondsman during a warrant search. They were trying to take 54-year-old Raymond Lee into custody.

Police say Lee was wanted for felony drug sales.

Officers knocked on the door of his motel room, asking for him to step outside. No one answered and police had to use a key.

Once police opened the door, body camera video shows the suspect reaching for what looked like a handgun from underneath his mattress. He then pointed the object at police.

Two officers fired their weapons in response, striking and killing Lee.

“During the contact, he pointed a gun at our officers. Two of our officers fired our weapons, striking Lee. He did die at the scene and officers were not injured,” said Modesto Police Department spokesperson Sharon Bear.

They later learned that the object pointed at officers was a BB gun.

The shooting sent shockwaves throughout the motel, with some guests blocked from entering their rooms for hours as officers investigated the scene.

Chris Shurusky spent the night at the motel and had been sitting inside his room when officers fired their weapons a few doors down.

“I heard five to six loud pops,” he told FOX40. “A lot of other residents were trying to figure out what was going on, all the cops running around.”

Although no one FOX40 spoke with knew the man, many held out hope for a different outcome.

“I wasn’t actually involved in it but it still makes you wonder how close it can happen to you,” Shurusky said. "It’s a shame for everyone involved.”

Bear told FOX40 it was a sad day for everyone involved.

“Although we train hard to de-escalate violent situations, officers must react sometimes in a split-second,” she said. “The decision to use lethal force is not something we take lightly. It’s truly tragic for everyone.”

Modesto police have launched a criminal and administrative investigation into the incident and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent review.

Both officers who fired their weapons are on paid administrative leave.

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