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Stanislaus County deputy was ‘executed,’ sheriff says

HUGHSON, Calif. (KCRA) —A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Sunday in Fox Grove Park.

Deputy Dennis Wallace, 53, was a 20-year veteran of the department. Wallace is well-known in the community, the sheriff said.

Around 8:24 a.m. Sunday, Wallace entered the Fox Grove fishing access to investigate a suspicious vehicle and person. Dispatchers told Wallace the vehicle was stolen, so he requested another police unit be sent to the scene.

“In seconds, he was murdered,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said. “We believe that Deputy Wallace was killed outside of the car, and we know for a fact that the gun used in this crime was is direct contact with his head when the trigger was pulled twice. This was an execution.”

Another deputy found Wallace’s body a short time later. The suspect, David Machado, had already fled the scene. He was wanted on a felony warrant at the time of the stop.

Machado then carjacked someone in Keyes, Christianson said. He was last seen driving a 2009 white Kia Rio with the license plate, 6JIS245.

He was captured after an hours-long manhunt in Tulare County, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

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“This tragedy, it’s happened again. We did this in 2012. I never thought that I’d be standing here before you doing this again. I want you all to pray for the Wallace family, to pray for public safety and I call for a unity of support. A unity of support for law enforcement nationwide. No peace officer should be killed in the line of duty. Not one,” Christianson said.

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  1. What a tragic and pathetic act of hate. Maybe it’s time to invest in double up in patrolling. Be vigilant! Be safe! Be smart! Stay alive. Complacency is bred from lack of awareness and vigilance. (Easy to say from my couch.)

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