Modesto Police: Officer shot while searching home, suspect arrested

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The Modesto Police Department says the officer, now identified as 7-year veteran Michael Rokaitis, underwent surgery. Rokaitis is still critically injured but is currently in stable condition.

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A Modesto police officer is in critical condition after he was shot by a man while serving a search warrant.

Camila Carrillo and her family have lived on East Orange Avenue for the past seven years and she told FOX40 Sunday the sounds of gunshots are not something they typically hear late at night.

“We were actually right here watching, and we heard a bunch of gunshots,” Carrillo recalled. “So, we grabbed her and then we went to the other side of the house and we ducked down just in case, because we didn’t know what to expect.”

Around 10 p.m. Saturday night, Modesto police officials said one of their officers noticed a motorcyclist driving recklessly in the area near Enslen Avenue.

“The motorcyclist fled from the officer and with the assisted air unit from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, we were able to locate where the motorcyclist went,” explained Sharon Bear of the Modesto Police Department.

Police said the suspect led officers to a house on East Orangeburg Avenue and surrendered peacefully. At that point, officers searched him.

“After searching the suspect, they found fair amount of drugs and enough to indicate that there were some sales going on,” Bear said.

Once Modesto police officers got a warrant to search this house, that’s when they say things took a wrong turn.

“When officers entered the home, an adult male fire towards our officers and struck one of our officers,” Bear said.

Police officials said officers fired back and struck the suspect, 42-year-old Jesse Brooks.

“Both the suspect and the officer were taken to the hospital and our officer is in critical but stable condition, and the suspect was treated and released back to our custody,” Bear said.

Brooks is being charged with attempted murder on a peace officer and possession of a firearm.

Police told FOX40 that the initial motorcyclist is not connected to this shooting.

While it was a tense night for Carrillo and her family, she said she still feels safe in her home.

“We do have two dogs. They will bark if anything happens. But no, we are good. We have an alarm system and everything,” Carrillo said.

Police officials said they will release the identity of the officer in the next few days.

This story is developing.

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