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Robbery suspect shot after pointing gun at officers

A woman wanted in connection with a violent robbery and police chase was shot and killed by Merced Police after she pointed a gun at officers.
An officer involved shooting leaves a woman dead.

It happened early Saturday morning in Merced.

It started with two violent crimes and a police chase.

A neighborhood in Merced was blocked off for hours as investigators collected evidence from the officer involved shooting.

The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. on V Street near 19th.

That is where police chased four suspects believed to be responsible for two armed robberies.

The first happened at the Food Center on Martin Luther King around 8 p.m. Friday.

The victim said she was robbed by a blonde woman and an African-American man driving a silver Mustang.

Five hours later an officer on patrol downtown was waved down by a man who said he'd just been robbed and the suspects were a blonde woman and African-American man in a silver Mustang.

Police spotted a car that matched the description of the getaway car and pulled the car over.

As the officer was giving his commands the driver decided not to yield and took off.

The officer then pursued after them with lights and sirens and the driver lost control and hit the curb and came to a stop.

Police say two of the people inside the car ran off.

As officers were chasing them, they thought they heard a gunshot from the woman suspect.

They found her in an alley.

"When officers went to confront her and to apprehend her. She put the officer in danger by pointing a gun at the officer and the officer unfortunately had to discharge his firearm to stop the threat," said Captain Tom Trindad, Merced Police Department.

The woman was shot in the upper and lower body.

She died at a Modesto hospital.

Officers made one arrest 34-year-old Nathen Jones was arrested for robbery and a parole violation.

They believe he was involved in the robbery in Downtown Merced.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
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