Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy is shot and killed, and a suspect is in custody – Los Angeles Times

A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Sunday in “an execution” carried out by a wanted man who was caught hours later after he carjacked one motorist, robbed a liquor store and tried to snatch a purse from a woman in Tulare County, authorities said.

Deputy Dennis Wallace, a 20-year department veteran, was shot twice in the head shortly after coming across a stolen van in Fox Grove Park, just outside the city of Hughson, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters at a news conference.

“We know for a fact that the gun used in this crime was in direct contact with his head when the trigger was pulled — twice,” Christianson said, according to a video posted by news station KCR3. “This was an execution.”

The suspect, identified as David Machado Jr., 36, fled before carjacking a 2009 white Kia Rio in the nearby community of Keyes, Christianson said. The van was abandoned nearby.

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