Dos Palos police officer killed in officer-involved shooting was on administrative leave

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The Merced County District Attorney’s Office confirmed the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night was a Dos Palos police officer on administrative leave.

The shooting happened near Sydney Lane and Lopes Avenue in Merced around 8 p.m.

“The deceased, who died as the result of a single gunshot wound, was an off-duty Dos Palos Police Officer who was on administrative leave,” the DA’s office said in a statement.

He is identified as Johnny Mathis.

It is unknown why he was placed on administrative leave.

The DA’s office is conducting the ongoing investigation in place of either the Merced Police Department or the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the DA’s office at 209-385-7381.

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