The two men involved in an armed robbery that turned into a deadly police shootout on Thursday have been identified.
The man shot and killed by a Dinuba police officer is Luis Vargas, 20, said Dinuba police. Samuel Camposeco, 21, of Dinuba, is still on the run.
Camposeco is considered armed and dangerous, police said. In a statement identifying Camposeco, police Chief Devon Popovich said Camposeco was one of two suspects who exchanged shots with a Dinuba police officer during the Thursday night crime.
The officer interrupted the robbery when he drove into the Texaco gas station at Alta Avenue and Sequoia Drive just before 10 p.m., Popovich said.
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Camposeco got away while the officer chased another suspect into an alley. That suspect suffered fatal wounds; the officer wasn’t injured.
The third suspect was arrested. Dinuba police have not identified him or the man who was killed. The store clerk was assaulted but not seriously injured, police said.
The officer, whose name has not been made public, was placed on paid leave pending an investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, police said.