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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:10 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of an Honor Farm escapee police officers shot and killed after he tried to run over a California Highway Patrol officer early Monday.

Stockton resident Edwardo Angelo de las Nieves, 31, led police on a more than 30-minute chase through Stockton and Lodi before he was shot and killed at the intersection of Woodbridge Road and the Highway 99 Frontage Road at around 12:45 a.m.

A woman was also shot once in the torso and was in stable condition when the CHP helicopter flew her to UC Davis Medical Center, CHP spokesman Angel Arceo said.

Stockton police and CHP officers both shot at de las Nieves. There were eight cars on the scene at the time of the shooting: five CHP, two Stockton and one Sheriff's.

The multi-agency investigation is still ongoing, Arceo said. Five CHP officers have temporarily been removed from patrol until the department completes an internal investigation, Arceo said. Stockton police also put two officers on a three-day administrative leave.

De las Nieves was serving a sentence for car theft at the San Joaquin County Honor Farm in French Camp when he escaped on Aug. 9. He was scheduled to be released on Dec. 30.

The chase started when de las Nieves failed to stop at a stop sign in Stockton. He kept driving when police tried to pull him over, and officers found out he was in a stolen Honda Civic. He eventually went the wrong way twice on Interstate 5 before leaving the freeway at Eight Mile Road.

Police continued following him on and off the freeway through Lodi until he got off at the Woodbridge Road exit. Eight cars were waiting at the intersection, and a CHP officer did a PIT maneuver, which involves officers nudging the suspect's right fender to make them lose control, Arceo said.

De las Nieves spun into a ditch and officers drew their weapons, yelling for him to get out of the car, Arceo said.

The suspect then drove in reverse, striking a CHP car and barely missing the officer, he said. That's when officers started to shoot.

Because officers were involved in the shooting, multiple agencies are working on the investigation, including the Department of Justice, the San Joaquin County's District Attorney. Stockton police, CHP and the Sheriff's department are also participating and working on their own investigations.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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