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Modesto man, 22, jailed over shooting, chase

A 22-year-old Modesto man has been identified as the suspect who was shot by a Modesto police officer in Modesto, CA, on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Julio Munoz Jr. (pictured) was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail on Wednesday night, hours after he allegedly led police on a chase that started in Modesto’s Airport Neighborhood and ended with a crash in north Ceres. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department)
A 22-year-old Modesto man has been identified as the suspect who was shot by a Modesto police officer in Modesto, CA, on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Julio Munoz Jr. (pictured) was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail on Wednesday night, hours after he allegedly led police on a chase that started in Modesto’s Airport Neighborhood and ended with a crash in north Ceres. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department)

Authorities identified the suspect shot by Modesto police during a pursuit Wednesday night as 22-year-old Julio Munoz Jr. of Modesto.

He was arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail after he led police on a chase that started in Modesto's airport neighborhood and ended seven minutes later with a crash in north Ceres.

Munoz was treated at a hospital before he was taken to jail. He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, possession of a firearm, evading a peace officer, hit-and-run and violating probation.

Munoz remained in custody Thursday evening, and Modesto police Lt. Chris Fuzie said additional charges could be filed.

Police released more information about the incident, but have not disclosed the name of the officer who shot at Munoz, or the name of an officer whose motorcycle was hit during the chase.

The incident began at 6:29 p.m. when a Modesto police officer tried to pull over a white Ford pickup near Tioga Drive and Empire Avenue.

Fuzie said the officer attempted to make the traffic stop because the man in the truck was driving erratically.

The pickup driver did not stop, and the pursuit ensued. Fuzie said the pickup driver spun out at one point and stopped, facing the police car. Fuzie did not know whether the driver intended to face the police car or whether he lost control.

Fuzie said the officer got out of his car and yelled commands at the driver. The pickup truck started ramming the police car, and the officer fired, Fuzie said. The pickup's driver was hit once in his arm. Fuzie did not know how many shots were fired.

The chase continued, and on Yosemite Boulevard the pickup hit a police motorcycle that had joined the pursuit, according to a police news release. That officer sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

The chase ended on Herndon Avenue, just north of Pecos Avenue in Ceres, at 6:36 p.m. A police spokesman said Wednesday night that a police car forced the pickup off the road. The truck came to a stop in the driveway of a home.

Police found a gun in a pickup truck Munoz drove, according to the news release.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard in any officer-involved shooting, Fuzie said.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.

Bee online editor Brian Clark can be reached at bclark@modbee.com or 578-2362.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or 578-2316.

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