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‘This was an execution:’ Deputy shot twice in the head in California

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HUGHSON, Calif. — A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty Sunday and a suspect is in custody.

Deputy Dennis Wallace, 53, was found dead outside Modesto, with two gunshot wounds to the head, according to the sheriff’s department.

Wallace was on duty in a sheriff’s car when he called for backup from additional units to help with a suspicious person in a stolen Kia Rio.

Soon after, the suspect, David Machado, allegedly put a gun directly to Wallace’s head and shot him twice, the sheriff’s department reported.

“This was an execution,” the Modesto Bee quoted Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson as saying.

Wallace was a 20-year veteran of the force and was well-known in the community.

Machado, 37, is a known criminal with a felony warrant.

A little after 2 p.m. MST, investigators said Machado was in custody. He was detained by a local police department in Tulare County, according to the sheriff’s department.