Shafter police identified the officer who shot a half-naked man last Wednesday

Posted at 5:13 AM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 17:47:36-04

UPDATE (Sept. 26, 2016, 2:00 p.m.): Shafter police have identified the officer who shot a half-naked man using a squeegee to bathe at a Fastrip gas station last week.  

Eric Diaz was one of three officers who responded to the store early Wednesday morning.  
Police said Oscar Ponce, 44, tried to run over an officer with an SUV.  
Police say Ponce had a machete in his waistband, then got into the SUV and refused officer's demands to stop.
Diaz shot Ponce striking him in the hand.  Diaz remains on paid administrative leave.  He has been with the department for almost 2 years.  Police say Diaz has not been involved in any other shooting incidents.  

A man has been taken to a hospital after he was shot by Shafter Police early Wednesday morning around 1:42 a.m.

According to Shafter police, a man had a large knife in his waist when officers approached the suspect sitting in a black SUV, according to Shafter police.

The suspect failed to follow commands and drove toward officers where his vehicle collided with their patrol car. Police opened fire on him, hitting him in the hand as he jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Shafter police believe the man was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police said officers fired as many as five shots. 

The suspect was struck in the left hand only, and had other minor injuries as a result of his jumping out of the moving vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. 

The vehicle was later confirmed as stolen.

None of the officers involved were injured and will be put on administrative leave as the District Attorney's office conducts a shooting investigation. 

Any questions should be directed to Captain Jeff Bell or Chief Walter Tibbet.