Deputy involved shooting leaves suspect injured in critical condition

Neither deputy was injured

WASCO, Calif. - Deputies said they tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on southbound Highway 43 in Wasco around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and the deputies said they followed the vehicle down Filburn Avenue.

When the car came to a stop on Filburn a man got out of the passenger side of the car and began running, deputies said. 

The man was identified as 29-year-old Jose Garcia.

The deputies said they followed Garcia as he ran into a driveway of a home and hid between two vehicles parked in the driveway. 

Deputies said Garcia started shooting several times from a handgun. One deputy said he shot back as Garcia ran west through the front yard of the home. 

The second deputy said he also shot at Garcia on the front lawn and Garcia fell to the ground and was taken into custody. 

Garcia was shot several times in the leg and upper body by deputies, officials reported. 

He was taken to Kern Medical Center and is in critical condition. 

Neither deputy experiences any injuries, officials said.

Officials said Garcia is in custody for attempt murder of a peace officer and felon in possession of a firearm.

The driver of the car was identifies as 27-year-old William Ortiz, he was arrested for possession of meth and outstanding warrants, officials reported. 

Another woman was also in the car and was questioned but released.

The deputies involved in the shooting are identified as Deputy Steve Vasquez and Deputy Cody Johnson.

Reports showed that both deputies will be placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting incident.


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