Suspect in Tehama Co. deputy-involved shooting identified
LOS MOLINOS, Calif. —
According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, the suspect in Saturday's deputy-involved shooting has been identified as Jose Alfredo Barajas, 29, from Stockton.
Officials said on Saturday, at about 7:29 p.m., a Tehama County Sheriff's deputy tried to contact what was described as a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General in Los Molinos.
The vehicle was described as a newer Honda, dark grey in color.
Officials said about five minutes into contact with Barajas, he armed himself with a firearm and the deputy, who remains unidentified, and Barajas exchanged gunfire.
That's when officials say Barajas left in his vehicle and traveled northbound on Highway 99E at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle was then seen by officers traveling westbound on Antelope Blvd at a high rate of speed.
Officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle which traveled northbound on Interstate 5, in an effort to initiate a traffic stop.
Officials said officers were unable to get close enough to the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop and then, while traveling northbound on I-5 in the area of Hookercreek, it crashed.
Officers immediately began searching the area of where the car crashed to see if there were any additional suspects who may have ran from the scene.
It was later determined Barajas was the only person in the vehicle.
Officials said at the time of the shooting, the deputy had a woman in his vehicle who was participating in the Sheriff's Office "ride a long" program. The Tehama County Sheriff's Department said she's an employee but not a sworn-in employee.
Both she and the deputy were taken to a local hospital where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both are expected to make a full recovery.
Officials added the investigation is ongoing and they ask that if anyone witnessed the incident to please call them at 530-529-7920.