Los Banos

One person shot, police search for suspect

Police are searching for the suspect in a shooting Tuesday evening.

A 33-year-old man was shot in the upper body at a residence in the 500 block of Chablis Court following an argument, police said. Law enforcement encountered the victim at 7-Eleven on the 600 block of Pacheco Boulevard, where his friends drove him in search of help.

A Witnesses to the incident, which occurred shortly before 7:15 p.m., reportedly told police the person that shot the man left the scene walking south on Chablis Court toward Driftwood Drive.

The victim was taken to a Modesto area hospital and was treated and released.

Police said they've identified the suspect as Jimmie Dale Agamao, 57, of Los Banos. A search warrant for the residence on Chablis Court was issued by Merced County Superior Court. The warrant was served by the Merced County Sheriff’s SWAT team. Law enforcement spoke with a woman, 37, inside the residence. Agamao was not there.

Police said Agamao was last seen wearing a black Dickies style jacket and blue jeans. He is believed to be carrying a gun. Agamao is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5 foot 4 inches tall, 180 pounds, having brown eyes and a bald head.

“We encourage residents to keep an eye out for Mr. Agamao and report any information regarding his whereabouts directly to us. I hope Mr. Agamao realizes he’s made a mistake and turns himself in; until that time comes we won’t stop looking for him,” Police Chief Gary Brizzee said.

Agamao should be considered armed and dangerous. If members of the public have information concerning his whereabouts they should immediately dial 9-1-1. You should not attempt to detain him, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Justin Melden at the Los Banos Police Department at (209) 827-7070. Callers may remain anonymous.