Modesto Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Author: Sergeant Rick Applegate
On Tuesday May 24th, just after 10:00 p.m., Modesto Police officers were dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at the Fast Mart, located at
As patrol officers arrived and began to canvas the nearby residential neighborhood, several witnesses reported seeing Atkinson running through the area. Officers followed the direction of Atkinson’s path and located him in the 3900 block of
When officers approached Atkinson he began to run southbound on
The loaded firearm Atkinson used during the robbery and property from the store has been recovered.
Investigators have discovered Atkinson had been involved in a recent crime spree that started in February 2011. Detectives have linked Atkinson to at least 5 separate violent robberies in
Atkinson had an extensive criminal history and was currently wanted on two separate felony warrants, one out of
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after officers are involved in a shooting incident.
Three separate and independent investigations are currently under way regarding this incident. The Modesto Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the robbery and shooting, Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office is conducting an independent criminal review of the incident, and the Modesto Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an administrative investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. No officers were injured during this incident.
Modesto Police Detectives ask anyone with information related to this incident to contact Detective Rick House at 209-342-6198.
(Below are photos of Atkinson robbing the Fast Mart)