MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after deputies shot at a car with five teenagers inside following a car chase early Tuesday morning.
According to the sheriff’s office, the 17-year-old driver is in critical condition.
Deputies said the chase began near North Carpenter Road and Torrid Avenue around 2 a.m. when they attempted to pull a driver over for a code violation.
“Couple of our patrolmen tried to initiate a traffic stop near the intersection of North Carpenter and Torrid in the city of Modesto for vehicle code violations. For one reason or another, the vehicle didn’t want to yield,” explained Stanislaus County Sgt. Luke Schwartz.
That’s when the chase started, winding through seven miles of Modesto roads.
“Modesto police joined the sheriff’s department in this pursuit,” Sgt. Schwartz told FOX40. “It was quite lengthy. Several police intervention techniques were utilized, which were not immediately successful.”
After they failed to end the chase with PIT maneuvers, the driver allegedly tried to hit officers’ patrol vehicles with the car he was driving. The chase ended when the car crashed against the side of a roadway near Finch and South McClure roads, according to the sheriff’s office.
After the chase ended, the sheriff’s office said deputies fired their weapons. According to the sheriff’s office, they did not know at the time that the occupants of the car were teenagers.
“The actual circumstances of how the officer-involved shooting took place is still being investigated,” Schwartz said.
Officials are not releasing much information about how or why deputies opened fire, but two teens were “struck by gunfire.”
The driver was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition. Deputies say the other four passengers were treated and released by medical personnel.
Meanwhile, an active investigation is underway as detectives work to figure out why the shooting happened.
“They’re taking measurements. They’re taking photographs, collecting evidence,” Schwartz told FOX40. “The involved participants, the witnesses, they’re still being interviewed formally by sheriff’s department detectives.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.