Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Merced

Crime

A Dos Palos police officer was identified as the victim of an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night.

Police responded to the area of Lopes Avenue and Sydney Lane around 8 p.m.

Neighbors say the police activity in the area started with a slow-speed chase.

That white vehicle eventually crashed through a garage door, and neighbors say that’s when the shooting occurred. 

Neighbor Gilbert Diaz say he heard five to six gunshots. 

“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 Merced County District Attorney’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.

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