Hours after police went on a massive manhunt, a suspected cop killer is in custody Sunday night in Stanislaus County. Authorities say that a central California deputy was killed after being shot in the head twice in a manner they are referring to as "execution style."
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department believe that the suspect, 36-year-old David Machado, was responsible for shooting and killing 53-year-old Deputy Dennis Wallace, who was a 20-year department veteran. The New York Daily News reported that the deputy was responding to a call of a suspicious person and van in Hughson, California. At the press conference the department held on Sunday, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson advised reporters that the deputy had been killed at Fox Grove Recreation and Fishing Access after arriving there at 8:24 a.m. to investigate a dispatcher's call about a stolen vehicle.
"This was an execution. 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 in direct contact with his head when the trigger was pulled twice."