Deputy Wounded, Sus­pect Shot In River­bank In­ci­dent

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One deputy was in­jured and a sus­pect shot dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion that oc­curred last week in River­bank. The sus­pect later died at a Modesto hospi­tal.

Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s Deputies as­signed to the City of River­bank were called to the scene of a dis­pute in the 7000 block of Bur­neyville Road, off of Riverside Drive, on May 29. The call came in about 10:45 a.m., ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. Deputies re­sponded to a 911 call re­gard­ing an ex-ten­ant re­turn­ing to a prop­erty he had been evicted from over a month ago. The prop­erty owner had con­fronted the sus­pect, iden­ti­fied by police as 51-year old Ar­mando Osuna, but Osuna had re­port­edly re­fused to leave.

Two deputies re­sponded to the call and made contact with Osuna, who was still on the prop­erty of the res­i­dence. Dur­ing the contact with deputies, Osuna be­came com­bat­ive and struck one of the deputies with a metal pipe. One of the deputies then fired at Osuna, strik­ing him in the up­per torso. Deputies were able to de­tain the sus­pect in hand­cuffs and re­quest med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

Osuna was trans­ported to a Modesto hospi­tal for med­i­cal care, but suc­cumbed to his in­juries sev­eral hours later. The deputy who was struck with the pipe was also trans­ported to the hospi­tal. He was treated and re­leased.

Au­thor­i­ties said, as per pro­to­col, three sep­a­rate and in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been launched into this of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing. The Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment is con­duct­ing both a crim­i­nal and ad­min­is­tra­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Stanis­laus County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice is con­duct­ing an in­de­pen­dent re­view of the in­ci­dent.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion on this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, contact De­tec­tive Marissa Wy­att at 209-5257091. If you have any tips, you can leave an anony­mous tip by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at (209) 5214636. Tip­sters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopo­­pers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typ­ing “Tip704” plus the mes­sage and be el­i­gi­ble for a cash re­ward.

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