Bur­glary sus­pect opens fire on Lodi po­lice

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Wes Bow­ers NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

LODI — A man sus­pected of bur­glary was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion Tues­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a gunfight with a Lodi Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cer.

Lodi po­lice Lt. Mike Manetti said the of­fi­cer re­sponded to the re­port of shots fired in the 900 block of In­dus­trial Way just be­fore 5 a.m.

Manetti said that upon ar­rival, the of­fi­cer con­fronted a 37-yearold man, and mul­ti­ple shots were im­me­di­ately ex­changed.

The of­fi­cer was not harmed dur­ing the ex­change, Manetti said, but his pa­trol car was struck mul­ti­ple times. The sus­pect was taken to an area hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of his in­juries, and will be ar­rested once he is med­i­cally cleared, Manetti said.

“The sus­pect was armed with an as­sault-style ri­fle and semi-au­to­matic hand­gun,” Manetti said at the scene. “We don’t know at this point if both were used. Our of­fi­cer fired and struck the sus­pect mul­ti­ple times.”

Manetti said once the sus­pect is med­i­cally cleared, he will most likely be ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der of a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Be­cause the in­ci­dent is an of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing, a countywide pro­to­col in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be con­ducted in con­junc­tion with the San Joaquin County District At­tor­ney and the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Jus­tice, Manetti said.

“We don’t know ex­actly what he was break­ing into,” Manetti said. “But we do be­lieve he was in the process of com­mit­ting a bur­glary.”

Jairo Ro­driguez, an em­ployee at the CarQuest Auto Parts store at the cor­ner of Beck­man Road and In­dus­trial Way, said the busi­ness was not open at the time of the shoot­ing, but heard the sus­pect was try­ing to break into a ve­hi­cle at a nearby busi­ness.

“We don’t know much about it,” he said. “But we heard this guy was try­ing to break into a com­pany ve­hi­cle over there, the owner caught him and called po­lice. That’s when the of­fi­cer showed up and the gun­shots started.”

Man­ager Ger­ardo Mora said the amount of bur­glar­ies re­ported in that part of town has be­come a prob­lem in re­cent years.

“We’ve had to put bars up on the win­dows be­cause some­one kept break­ing in here,” he said. “I’ve had to come out here ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing to clean up and take care of things be­cause of the bur­glar­ies. I’ve asked the land­lord to se­cure the back of the build­ing be­cause they keep break­ing in there too.”

Ro­driguez said the num­ber of recre­ational ve­hi­cles that park on the roads in the area doesn’t help things.

“We have a reg­u­lar cus­tomer that comes in here fre­quently buy­ing a new car bat­tery,” he said. “They keep steal­ing it from his car around here.”

Tues­day’s shoot­ing was the first to in­volve of­fi­cers in two years.

In Oct. 23, 2017, 35-yearold Matthew Palaita was shot and killed dur­ing a traf­fic stop near Pleas­ant Av­enue and Turner Road.

Palaita was a pas­sen­ger in the rear of a ve­hi­cle, and fired upon of­fi­cers Daniel Bris­tow and Do­minic Car­illo as he ex­ited the ve­hi­cle at about 8:20 a.m.

Ear­lier this year, Bris­tow and Car­illo were found jus­ti­fied in the shoot­ing by the San Joaquin County District At­tor­ney’s Office.

IM­AGE COUR­TESY THE LODI PO­LICE DE­PART­MENT

A sus­pected bur­glar was shot dur­ing a gunfight with a Lodi Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cer on Tues­day morn­ing in the 900 block of In­dus­trial Way.

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