At 8:24 a.m., Deputy Wallace was on duty in a sheriff’s car when he called for backup in regards to a suspicious person in a white, 2009 Kia Rio. Dispatch confirmed the vehicle had recently been carjacked by David Machado from a victim in Keyes.
Stanislaus Sheriff’s reports that soon after the call Machado allegedly put a gun directly to Wallace’s head and shot him. Machado immediately fled the scene.
Lindsay Police Department detained Machado, 37, in Tulare County, according to CHP. He was attempting another carjacking when officers located him.
Machado is a known criminal with a felony warrant.
Deputy Wallace was a 20 year veteran of Stanislaus County. He leaves behind a wife and family.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Made the following announcement on their Facebook page:
This morning just be 8:30am, Deputy Dennis Wallace was patrolling the Fox Grove fishing access area, which is just outside the City of Hughson. Deputy Wallace informed dispatch that he would be checking on a suspicious van and gave the license plate information to dispatch. A few moments later, dispatch informed Deputy Wallace that the van was a reported stolen car. Deputy Wallace immediately requested another deputy for assistance.
As deputies were responding to assist Deputy Wallace, dispatch attempted to contact him but did not receive a response. The first assisting Deputy arrived on scene within 5 minutes and found Deputy Wallace down with gunshot injuries and called for assistance. Deputy Wallace was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
The suspect in the original stolen van was identified as David Machado.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, Deputies received a call of a carjacking which occurred in the community of Keyes. The victim identified David Machado as the suspect in the carjacking. The stolen van was also found abandon nearby.
David Machado was taking into custody a short time ago. Details of his arrest are not being released at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wallace family, his friends and all the members of our Sheriff’s Department.