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Ceres Police Department
Thursday January 7th, 2016 :: 01:58 p.m. PST


Update on Officer-Involved Shooting

January 7, 2016
Ceres Police Department
Public Information Unit
Office of Chief Brent Smith

*Additional Information Released About Officer-Involved Shooting*

Ceres, CA – The male that suffered fatal wounds on January 5, 2016, has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Albert Thompson, 28 years old, transient from Ceres.

The preliminary investigation has indicated that officers were on foot patrol inside the apartment complex located at 2601 Don Pedro when they encountered Thompson. The officers were in this complex due to ongoing illegal drug activity. When the officers spotted the male, Thompson, he began to run away from the officers.

The officers gave chase towards Thompson. During the chase, preliminary investigation revealed Thompson exhibited a device commonly referred to as a hand torch (photo attached). Officer Justin Canatsy and Officer Jesus Salinas, both 1 and a half year veterans, discharged their firearms striking Thompson at least twice. Multiple rounds were fired during the incident. Officers provided medical aid to Thompson, however he suffered fatal wounds and was pronounce deceased at the scene. The hand torch was located near Thompson.

Albert Thompson has an extensive criminal history and was a parolee at large, wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Both Officers were placed on paid administrative leave which is common in any officer-involved shooting in Stanislaus County. Investigators from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office are conducting a parallel investigation alongside the Ceres Police Department, which is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting. The Ceres Police Department Professional Standards and Conduct unit is also conducting an internal investigation.

This investigation is still ongoing and no further details will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Ferreira at 209-538-5616 or Detective Sergeant Danny Vierra at 209-538-5672.

Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-538-5712

Sgt. Jason Coley
Ceres Police

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