ATWATER, CA – On 3/3/16 at approximately 4:15 p.m., Merced Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a vehicle stop on a sand colored SUV after one occupant was seen with a firearm. Deputies got the vehicle stopped on Winton Way near the canal bank by Atwater High School. As the vehicle came to a stop, three occupants ran from the vehicle while the driver remained inside.
Atwater PD officers assisted the sheriffs department with their traffic stop and foot pursuit of the suspects. Two active gang members were located and apprehended in the 3400 block of Virginia Street. The last outstanding suspect was contained within a perimeter of law enforcement officers and was apprehended in the 5500 block of Cherub. He also was a documented gang member.
The fourth suspect remained in the driver seat of the vehicle. Sheriff’s Deputies located a loaded 12 gauge shotgun on the floorboard of the passenger side.
The suspects arrested were two fifteen year old juveniles (not pictured), Shawn Hunwardsen (30) and Marisela Garcia (19).