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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Sunday July 4th, 2021 :: 05:12 a.m. PDT


Update to July 2nd W Service Rd Homicide Incident 

Modesto, CA -


On Friday, July 2nd, 2021, at 12:22 p.m., patrol deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on W Service Road near Jennings Road in rural, unincorporated Modesto. 


The homeowner was alerted to a break-in by an alarm company monitoring the residence. Shortly after the homeowner entered the house, a male intruder was found inside.  The suspect shot at the homeowner multiple times. 


The homeowner was able to return fire, as both parties became involved in a continued exchange of mutual gunfire.  Eventually, the homeowner was able to disarm the male intruder. The homeowner immediately reported the incident by calling 911 as he exited the property. 


Deputies arrived on-scene, went inside, and found the male deceased having sustained a fatal gunshot wound.  


The male has been identified as 41-year-old Turlock resident, Rodney Lee Martin. The firearm he used was previously reported stolen as well. 


The homeowner is fully cooperating with the investigation.  No arrests have been made.  We are still investigating many other aspects of this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Gonzalez at 209-595-8686.

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
250 Hackett Road
Modesto, CA 95358

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-567-4401

Sgt Luke Schwartz
Patrol Ops - SOC
[email protected]

4200 W Service Rd
Modesto, CA 95358

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