Central Valley

Slain Calif. carjacking suspect ID’d as parolee

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an attempted carjacking suspect who was shot and killed at the end of a police chase on a Northern California highway was a parolee who was wanted after another chase.

Turlock police say Joseph Davis was shot by officers when he jumped out of the stolen car he was driving after a pursuit on Highway 99 a little after 6 a.m. Saturday and tried to carjack a passing pickup truck by firing at the truck.

Turlock police Sgt. Stephen Webb says officers shot the 29-year-old Davis to protect the driver. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

One police officer was wounded in the leg. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin told the Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/P7Xrms ) that Davis had served time on drug, burglary and car theft convictions. Turlock police had been looking for Davis after a chase last week.

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