Calaveras detective released from hospital

A Calaveras County sheriff’s detective who was injured in a shooting Wednesday has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Detective Rick DiBasilio was struck in the shoulder by ricocheting bullet fragments from shots fired by his partner, Detective Wade Whitney, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department said.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning when the detectives confronted Michael Thompson as he worked on a white Chevrolet Camaro parked in a driveway in the 5900 block of Rail Road Flat Road, said spokesman Sgt. Dave Seawell.

The two detectives had just served a search warrant at another home. As the detectives were returning to the sheriff’s office, a white Camaro speeded by them. The car is similar to the one driven by the suspect whose home the detectives had just searched, authorities said.

The detectives chased the car and eventually found the parked Camaro and Thompson.

As detectives approached him, authorities said, Thompson ran from the front of the vehicle and into the driver’s seat and started the car. DiBasilio reached into the vehicle to try to stop Thompson, Seawell said.

Thompson put the car into reverse while DiBasilio hung on to the car to keep his balance and avoid being run over, authorities said.

Whitney fired several shots into the car, striking Thompson several times in the torso. He was taken by helicopter to a Modesto hospital. Thompson was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said the vehicle Thompson was working on was stolen, but officials don’t know whether Thompson and John Palmer, the man whose home detectives searched, are connected.