UPDATE: Deputy Wallace had served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years.
UPDATE @ 1:25 PM – The department announced on Twitter that Machado was captured less than two hours after police asked for the public’s help in locating the man who authorities considered armed and dangerous.
VACAVILLE, Calif: (VVNEWS.com)- A Stanislaus County deputy sheriff was killed this morning in the line of duty and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect.
Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace, 53, was shot and killed at Fox Grove Park, in Hughson, while investigating a suspicious vehicle.
He requested a backup officer after dispatchers alerted him that the vehicle was stolen. When the second deputy arrived he discovered Deputy Wallace suffering two gunshot wounds to the head. It was quickly determined that he was shot in the head at point-blank range.
The suspect, later identified as 37-year-old David Machado Jr. fled the scene in the stolen car before carjacking a second vehicle. Authorities say Machado may be driving a stolen 2009 white Kia Rio CA license plate #6JIS245 which he carjacked.
David Machado Jr. is considered to be armed and dangerous and may be in possession of a semi-automatic handgun. All officer safety protocols should be used if located.
Machado is described as a Hispanic or white male, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with a mustache and shaved head. Machado was last seen wearing a blue shirt and a blue/gray baseball hat.
Please call 911 if you see the suspect or this associated vehicle or if located, please contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department at (209)552-3914.
— Stanislaus Sheriff (@StanSheriff) November 13, 2016
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department confirms deputy killed in Hughson is Dennis Wallace, a 20-year veteran of the force. pic.twitter.com/SrjnwyyU95
— The Modesto Bee (@modbee) November 13, 2016