Merced Co officials identify man shot by officers

July 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Merced County Sheriff's Department says a suspect shot and killed by Turlock police is a parolee with criminal past that dates back more than ten years.

He's been identified as 31-year-old Joseph Davis and investigators say he was armed and in a stolen vehicle when officers first confronted him at a Turlock motel Saturday morning.

A chase followed and officers say they opened fire after Davis fired a gun while trying to carjack a vehicle on the Bradbury Road overpass above Highway 99.

One officer was shot in the leg but it's unclear who fired the shot that struck him.

The three officers involved in the shooting have placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.