Deputy Dennis Wallace

California deputy killed

Deputy Dennis Wallace
Deputy Dennis Wallace

Hughson, Calif. (KCRA) — A suspect is in custody after the “execution style” slaying of a California sheriff’s deputy.

Deputy Dennis Wallace, 53, was a 20-year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

Around 8:24 a.m. Sunday, Wallace entered the Fox Grove fishing access to investigate a suspicious vehicle and person. Dispatchers told Wallace the vehicle was stolen, so he requested another police unit be sent to the scene.

“In seconds, he was murdered,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said. “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 is direct contact with his head when the trigger was pulled twice. This was an execution.”

Another deputy found Wallace’s body a short time later. The suspect, David Machado, had already fled the scene. He was wanted on a felony warrant at the time of the stop.

Machado then carjacked someone in Keyes and was last seen driving a 2009 white Kia Rio, Christianson said.

He was captured in Tulare County about 12:30 p.m. after an hours-long manhunt, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

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