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Stockton Police Shoot Unarmed Man Attempting to Escape

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Investigators are looking at the circumstances that led to the shooting of an unarmed man by Stockton police, who said the the man had been on the run from the law for years.

Forty-three-year-old Nathaniel Smith was wanted in connection with a traffic incident in 2010 in which 2 officers were injured. Police identified him as he was driving on Interstate 5 in Stockton around noon today.

Smith stopped, but then abandoned his car, ran across the freeway, down an embankment and into the parking lot of a convenience store on Fremont Street.

Stockton Officer Joe Silva says the pursuing officers were forced to fire their weapons.

"They saw the suspect next to a car and if appeared to the officers that the suspect was in the process of carjacking that vehicle so to stop the threat our officers shot the suspect," Silva said.

Smith was wounded and taken to a local hospital for surgery.


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