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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sgt Rick Applegate ,
Release Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

Officer’s and suspect identified in officer involved shooting


Release Date: March 26, 2013

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Author: Sergeant Rick Applegate


Officer’s and suspect identified in officer involved shooting


 Modesto, CA- The identities of the suspect and officers' involved in the March 21, 2013 shooting on Evona Court have been released. 


The suspect has been identified as Howard Tungseth, 87 years-old of Modesto.  The officers' involved in the shooting are Sergeant Rigo DeAlba, a 13 year veteran and Detective Gary Guffey, a 17 year veteran.  Both officers’ are veteran members of the Modesto Police Department SWAT Team. 


Three separate and independent investigations have been launched into this incident, which is a standard protocol for any officer-involved shooting investigation in Stanislaus County.  The Modesto Police Department will be conducting a criminal investigation into this incident, Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office will be conducting an independent criminal review of the incident and the officers’ actions, and the Modesto Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit will be conducting an administrative investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 


None of the officers involved were injured during this incident. The two officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave, which is also standard procedure after an officer is involved in a shooting incident.


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