Deputy, ridealong wounded in parking lot shooting
Police said the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
By PoliceOne Staff
LOS MOLINOS, Calif. — A deputy and a ridealong were wounded after being shot by a man who was later found dead.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy attempted to contact a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Dollar General on Saturday when the suspect pulled a gun and shot at the LEO, KNVN reported. After the deputy and suspect exchanged gunfire, the man fled the scene, leading to a pursuit.
Tehama County Sheriff's Office: Autopsy determines suspect Jose Barajas, who shot deputy Saturday at Los Molinos Dollar General Store, died of self-inflicted gunshot wound to head. He had wounds consistent with officer-involved shooting. Barajas, 29, was from Stockton, California pic.twitter.com/zkRxo33EBn— Cecile Juliette KHSL (@CecileJuliette) July 10, 2018
The suspect’s car eventually crashed on a highway as authorities tried to catch up. Police said the suspect, who was identified as 29-year-old Jose Alfredo Barajas on Monday, was found dead.
An autopsy revealed that Barajas died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
The deputy and his ridealong, who a spokesperson identified as an off-duty employee of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, were taken to a hospital after being shot and hit by broken glass. Both are expected to make a full recovery.