VIDEO: Deputies Annihilate Fugitive To Rescue Hostage

Stanislaus County deputies shot a fugitive who was holding a woman at gunpoint and safely rescued the hostage.

Modesto, CA – The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department released bodycam video of officers fatally shooting a fugitive and rescuing his hostage (video below).

The incident occurred after Stanislaus County sheriff’s received a report of a false imprisonment and began investigating 52-year-old Stephen Murray, KCRA reported.

Investigators were able to confirm a woman was being held against her will at Murray’s South Jefferson Street home, so they secured an arrest warrant for Murray on false imprisonment and weapons violations.

Officials later said the woman who Murray was holding prisoner was his wife, KCRA reported.

The sheriff’s department said Murray was already wanted for auto theft on July 17 when officers set up surveillance on his house.

Several attempts were made by the Hostage Negotiation Team to settle the matter peacefully but Murray proved uncooperative and threatened deputies.

“Someone inside the house believed to be Murray said he had a hostage and would hurt people if we entered,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse said.

After two hours of waiting, deputies saw Murray leaving the house with the woman who was believed to be his prisoner, KCRA reported.

SWAT officers approached the pair at the intersection of Vine and Madison Streets and attempted to rescue the woman.

But when Murray saw the police approaching, he put the woman in front of him and held a gun to her, KCRA reported.

“The scenario my staff faced is like what you see in the movies, arm around a person and gun to head,” Sheriff Dirkse explained.

Deputies opened fire, fatally shooting Murray and freeing his hostage, KCRA reported.

After the incident, police determined that Murray’s gun was a replica weapon.

The victim told police she didn’t know the gun wasn’t real, KCRA reported.

Modesto police are investigating the deputy-involved shooting.

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office was also investigating, which is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, KCRA reported.

The sheriff said he planned to release bodycam videos of these sorts of incidents going forward.

“The public wants more transparency and we know that,” Sheriff Dirkse said.

Watch deputies rescue the hostage in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content

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nitrodave08
nitrodave08

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flybynight
flybynight

Any LE officer should be able to spot a fake weapon from a hundred yards in the dark, right LCD/Booger's?/s

DGibson
DGibson

JBo
JBo

Well, cops don't carry replica weapons, so...bye!

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Rifle shot point blank; head gone!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Bluff called, YOU LOSE!!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Great rescue.

Dot200
Dot200

Replica Walther p99 frame,Springfield xdm compact slide.

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

Bye felicia

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

I’m smiling so much my face is hurting. This calls for a beer. Meh...who am I kidding...ANOTHER beer....

Cops kid
Cops kid

Training works... Job well done

DouglasKowalski
DouglasKowalski

more transparency ?? no, we just want these mF off the streets....transparency will only get more cops killed

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Thank you officers for eliminating this threat forever. Thanks to all of you members in law enforcement, for the job you do. This is the only website I have ever contributed to, for news. My way of supporting all LEOs, nationwide, for a job that has become increasingly difficult and thankless. Please keep the faith. There are millions of good people that support you, but are afraid to garner attention. Once Trump is reelected things should get better. Just my opinion, but I feel it in my bones.