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Stockton police officer shot, suspect killed

March 22, 2012 |  1:27 pm

 A police officer was wounded and a suspect killed during a shooting in Stockton on Wednesday night, Stockton police reported.

Officers Keith Berry and Tom Heslin, both 13-year veterans, were assigned to a crime suppression effort in an area where several homicides had occurred, said Stockton Police Det. Joe Silva.

They were doing what is called a "stop and check" on a group of young men sitting on the curb, according to Silva, when Chomrean Meas, 19, refused to cooperate and there was a tussle. Meas pulled a handgun and shot Berry in the stomach. Heslin then shot Meas, Silva said.

Meas died at a hospital. Berry was listed in stable but guarded condition after surgery.

The violence took place on the same block as a fatal shooting two nights before, a homicide that was the fourth in north Stockton in a three-day span, reported the Stockton Record.

The area of Stockton known as Colt-Cady has long been one of the rougher areas of the city, which has been in the news recently for being on the brink of insolvency.

Police say the incident is not related to the earlier shooting.


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