HUGHSON, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy was killed while responding to a call about a suspicious car and person.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department says Deputy Dennis Wallace was shot and killed Sunday outside the city of Hughson.

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Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson says the suspect was arrested in the city of Lindsay after he tried to steal the purse of a woman at a convenience store.

Christianson says the woman fought back against 36-year-old David Machado, who ran from the scene, and called Lindsay police. Officers chased after Machado and took him into custody without incident.

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He says officers in Lindsay, 150 miles south of Modesto, didn’t initially recognize Machado as the suspect in the killing of Stanislaus County Deputy Dennis Wallace, a 20-year veteran.

Christianson says that once he was in custody, officer identified Machado through tattoos and a photograph and immediately contacted the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

He says Stanislaus County investigators are on their way to Tulare County to try and get a statement from Machado.

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