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Officers named in Modesto burglary suspect shooting

Modesto police released the names Monday of two of the three officers involved in the weekend shooting of a burglary suspect.

The two officers were identified as Larry Meyer and Chris Adams.

Sgt. Brian Findlen, a department spokesman, said police would not release the name of the third officer, a sergeant with 14 years of law enforcement experience. The sergeant said releasing his name could place him and his family at risk, Findlen said.

The three are on paid administrative leave while the department and the district attorney's office investigate, which is standard practice in officer-involved shootings.

Meyer has 24 years of law enforcement experience and Adams has three years, Findlen said.

The officers fired at the driver of a pickup truck fleeing from Johansen High School on Saturday after he "abruptly and intentionally" drove toward an officer, police said.

Michael Baker, 18, of Modesto was shot once in the chest. He was treated at a hospital before being booked at the Stanislaus County Jail. Officers also arrested Baker's passenger, 18-year-old Corey Anderson of Modesto.

The officers responded to reports of a silent burglar alarm going off at the school's football stadium press box at 641 Norseman Drive, just east of Claus Road and Creekwood Drive.

The officers arrived within three minutes and spotted two men running east across the football field from the west side of the stadium, Findlen said.

The men ran to a parking lot and got into a parked white Chevrolet pickup.

The pickup left the parking lot and turned west onto Creekwood Drive and then north onto Claus Road before the officers caught up in their patrol cars and stopped it.

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

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