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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.

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.

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