PRPD helps nab man who allegedly shot Merced deputy

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PASO ROBLES A man suspected of attempting to murder a peace officer is in custody today thanks in part to the efforts of the Paso Robles Police Department.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Paso Robles Police Department received information that Guadalupe Herrera Lopez, 51, was possibly in the city. Lopez was wanted after a domestic violence incident and carjacking in Merced County and subsequently shot a Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy. Lopez was wanted for the attempted murder of a peace officer, carjacking, and domestic violence.

A “BLUE ALERT” was initiated by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, Paso Robles police officers located the carjacked vehicle in the area of Niblick Road and Creston Road. It was occupied by Lopez.

A high-risk traffic stop was initiated at which time Lopez fled in the vehicle. Paso Robles officers pursued the vehicle.

Lopez led officers out of the city on Highway 46 East and through Treasure Winery. Lopez later was able to get back on to Highway 46 East and began going eastbound in speeds in excess of 120 mph.

The California Highway Patrol Air Operations Division assisted in the pursuit and was able to have CHP – Templeton Area assume control of the pursuit on Highway 46 East in the area of Shandon.

A “spike strip” was deployed in the area of Highway 41 near Reef City. Lopez was later taken into custody by the CHP on Interstate 5 north of Kettleman City.

PRPD officer’s stayed with the pursuit until I-5 when sufficient law enforcement officers from various agencies were able to assist CHP.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about Lopez is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24- hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

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