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Man killed by Turlock police had long criminal history

5:50 PM, Jul 29, 2012   |    comments
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TURLOCK, CA - A man that was shot and killed by Turlock police early Saturday morning had a lengthy criminal past, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said.

Joseph Davis, 30, was killed after a chase with police in a stolen vehicle.

Davis was spotted on the 1100 block of North Golden Gate Boulevard with a car that was involved in another police chase on July 24. When Turlock police officers tried to talk to Davis, he jumped into the car and fled the scene, police Sgt. Stephen Webb said Saturday.

Police chased Davis to the Bradbury Road overpass and Highway 99, where he fired at a driver of a red truck while trying to steal the vehicle. Officers fired several shots at Davis and killed him in order to protect the driver, Webb said.

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The sheriff's department said Davis' criminal history goes back more than 10 years.

One officer was shot in the leg; the other three officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.


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