AVENAL — The Avenal Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred Monday and left the suspect dead and two officers injured.

Police report that around 7:35 p.m. Monday, two Avenal Police officers were investigating a child custody/parental abduction case in the 600 block of North Fifth Avenue.

During the course of the investigation, Sergio Velasco was identified as the father of the child and the possible abductor.

Police report that while officers were speaking with Velasco, he became violent and grabbed a metal pipe and attacked the officers.

According to officers, during the altercation, they fired their guns at Velasco and he was shot and killed.

Both officers sustained moderate injuries that required them to be transported to the hospital, where they were treated and later released, it was reported.

Police say that due to the ongoing investigation, no additional details are being released at this time.

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