Monday, March 21, 2011

Off duty CHP officer murders escapee from 72 hour watch Ricky Miranda

Modesto man fatally shot ID'd as ex-Enochs, current Stanislaus State student
Family that helped care for Ricky Miranda say he was despondent Saturday and called for help

By Kerry McCray
kmccray@modbee.comand Kevin Valine

MODESTO -- When Enochs High School wrestling coach and his wife tried to get help for a troubled teen they never imagined officers would knock on their door hours later to tell them the young man was dead.

Duane and Julie Brooks identified the 19-year-old man shot and killed by an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer Saturday afternoon as Ricky Miranda, a former standout Enochs’ wrestler and California State University, Stanislaus, freshman.

The Brooks said officers broke the news that evening to them at their rural Oakdale home. The Brooks were longtime friends of Miranda and took him into their home when he was in high school.

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