Modesto police charge prowler suspect

A suspected prowler shot by an off-duty Modesto police officer last month has been cited for disorderly conduct, police said Tuesday.

Joshua Allen Mordoff, 25, of Modesto spent about a week in a Modesto-area hospital as a result of the shooting, Lt. Chris Fuzie said.

Fuzie said he expects charges will be "modified" when Mordoff is charged formally by the Stanislaus County district attorney's office, but he would not elaborate.

A message left at a phone number connected to Mordoff was not returned Tuesday.

Police said the shooting happened May 28 at 11:39 p.m. near the officer's home in northeast Modesto.

Fuzie said the incident began when a father discovered a suspected prowler in the back yard of his home near his teenage daughter's window.

He went into the yard to confront the man. A family member called the off-duty police officer, who lives nearby.

The officer arrived at the home and went into the back yard, where the father was fighting with a man. At some point, the officer fired his department-issued gun, wounding the suspected prowler, Fuzie said.

Police released few details because of the ongoing investigation. The names of the officer, father, daughter and their addresses were not released because of safety concerns.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

It's the sixth reported shooting involving a Modesto officer in eight months and the second involving an off-duty officer.

Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at or 578-2337.