Modesto man charged with attempted murder in alleged shooting of police officer
Photo: Jesse James Brooks | Modesto PD
Modesto police have announced the arrest of 42-year-old Jesse James Brooks, who is accused of three counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, among other charges.
In the early morning hours of August 15, an officer attempted a traffic stop on a motorcyclist driving recklessly in the area of West Orangeburg Avenue and Enslen Avenue but, instead, was led on a pursuit to a residence on the 3100 block of East Orangeburg Avenue. Officers descended on the house, at which point the suspect came outside and surrendered without further incident.
Officers later obtained a search warrant for the residence and, upon their arrival to conduct the search, an unknown man — later identified as Brooks — reportedly began shooting at them, striking one officer. Officers returned fire and injured Brooks. The wounded officer was hospitalized and, as of August 15, remained in critical but stable condition.
Following medical clearance, Brooks was formally arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder on a peace officer, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition.