Merced Police Chief Thomas Cavallero said 27-year-old Rodolpho Antonio Ruiz first went to a Circle K at 21st and G Streets. He held up the store clerk and took off with some cash.
The store clerk told police she believed he fired at her head but missed.
Investigators say Ruiz then went to a nearby liquor store and tried to rob it. He briefly took a hostage, but officials say the shopkeeper took out their own gun, firing it at him.
@MercedPolice say the suspect held up the Circle K at 21st and G St.— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) November 23, 2021
Officers got flagged down by someone at a nearby liquor store reporting an attempted armed robbery and shooting.
Two officers chased the suspect.
They say he failed to comply with directions to drop his gun. pic.twitter.com/CHJaLzBvX5
They’re not identifying the suspect yet, pending family notification.— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) November 23, 2021
Chief tells me they did recover the suspect’s weapon, but doesn’t have details about it to release.
The suspect got $85 from Circle K and nothing from the liquor store.
Ruiz ran off with nothing from the store.
Witnesses flagged down officers in the area, telling them about the liquor store robbery.
Chief Cavallero said the two officers found Ruiz, chased and tried to get him to drop his gun.
Cavallero said Ruiz refused to lower his weapon, and that's when the officers shot him.
Ruiz died at the scene.
The police chief said detectives had recovered Ruiz's weapon and an investigation is underway. Authorities will review surveillance footage from both stores and the police body cameras.
Chief Cavallero said the two officers who fired their guns have not previously been involved in a shooting.