Saturday , May 25 2024

Wounded Merced PD Officer Released from Hospital, Expected to Recover

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">The Merced Police Department released new information on Sunday on an officer involved shooting from the day before in Merced that left one police officer and a suspect wounded.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Investigators aren’t releasing the name of the wounded officer yet, but said he was shot in the hand and the bulletproof vest. The officer was apparently released from the hospital last night and is home with family and recovering.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Police said the officer was shot early Saturday morning at the 2100 block of H Street in Merced after officers pulled over 30-year old Jaime Caudillo, of Los Banos, and 24-year old Steven Rincon for failing to yield upon oncoming traffic. Investigators said Caudillo, who was the passenger, fired off at police officers within seconds of getting pulled over. Caudillo suffered multiple gun shot wounds, as well.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Chief Norm Andrade said, &quot;The great news is that our officer is recovering at home and doing well. And it’s just a matter of now rehabilitation.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">But Andrade said his work on this case is far from done. He said he’s determined to prove a strong case against Caudillo and Rincon.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&quot;We are the last line between good and evil. And when you shoot one of our officers, you might as well be shooting at the Constitution of the United States,&quot; said Andrade.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Police said after the shootout, Rincon drove off and both he and Caudillo ran off on foot. Caudillo was apprehended soon after, but it took officers hours to find Rincon hiding in a closet in a nearby home in Merced.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Andrade said, &quot;We are going to do everything that we have in our power to make sure that we bring people like this to justice and make sure people like this stay in jail where they belong.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Investigators said Caudillo and Rincon are well-known gang members in Merced County. Police said Caudillo was released from custody last October because of AB 109 and Rincon finished his parole just last month.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Andrade said, &quot;We were very fortunate that our officers had backup that were in the area that came there because I would speculate that had we not had the backup officers there, these two gentlemen, one of which had the weapon, would probably have emptied his weapon into the officer when he went down.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Andrade said his department received an immense amount of support yesterday from many neighboring law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fresno Police Department. Andrade said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer went to comfort the injured officer and the officer’s family on Saturday. Andrade said he was very thankful for that.</font></div></div>

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