Merced County Deputy Shooting Suspect in Custody After High Speed Chase

 

UPDATE: Thursday, September 5, 2019 – 12:45 p.m. CHP confirms the man arrested is Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera.

He was taken into custody along I-5 south of Harris Ranch.

 

 

 

 

 

SUSPECT WHO SHOT MERCED COUNTY SERGEANT ARRESTEDGuadalupe Lopez-Herrera has been taken into custody.The Merced…

Posted by Merced County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, September 5, 2019

FRESNO (KMJ) – More than 25 CHP and marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles, including a helicopter, were involved in a high-speed chase of a domestic violence suspect.

It went down east of San Luis Obispo County in Reef City before noon Thursday.

The suspect – later confirmed to be Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera – was in a white pick-up was heading east out of San Luis Obispo County on 41 Northbound at speeds of 100 miles per hour.

KMJ news partner Fox 26 had reported at 11:45 a.m. Thursday that the CHP and Paso Robles Police were in pursuit of a vehicle believed to be involved in Wednesday’s shooting of a Merced County Sheriff’s Sergeant.

The chase ended by Avenal and I-5 after police deployed spike strips in the roadway.

Police say the suspect was eventually corralled by a K-9, then taken into custody.

“I’m glad to say no officers were injured in this pursuit. He will be facing attempted homicide of the sergeant and any other charges pending at his shooting at one of the highway patrol officers.” said Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke.

 

 

Photo: Fox 26

 

 

 

Merced County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation began on Sunday, September 1, 2019 when Lopez-Herrera showed up at a woman’s house with a gun and assaulted her.

Deputies came to the home to arrest him on Wednesday.

That’s not at all how things turned out.

“As we were walking up on to the residence shots were fired from an area of concealment,” said deputies on scene.

The sergeant was shot once in the chest, but was wearing a bulletproof vest, and was not badly injured, said the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Lopez-Herrera then smashed through a fence at the home in a white Chevy pickup truck, ditched it, then stole another white pick-up truck, starting the chase.

Alerts were seen on billboards as deputies continued to search for 51-year Guadalupe Lopez-Herrea.

He’s wanted for shooting a Sheriff’s Sergeant during an attempted arrest in Dos Palos Wednesday.

He’s reportedly driving a stolen, white 2013 GMC Sierra Crew Cab with CA license – 25599H1

 

Photo: Fox 26

 

“It was determined that there was a place of interest in the SLO area,” said Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke.

Sheriff Warnke held a press conference after the chase, releasing more details about the inevstigation, and reporting that the sergeant is doing well, and wanted to return to work.

KMJ’s News partner Fox 26 streamed the Sheriff’s office press conference Thursday afternoon on Facebook.

Merced County Sheriff's Office

Live news conference following arrest of Merced Co. deputy shooting suspect, Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera.Story: bit.ly/2lEyi08

Posted by FOX26 on Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

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