FRESNO — Investigators in Fresno are trying to piece together what preceded a scuffle that resulted in the shooting death of a 24-year-old male early Tuesday morning.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a Fresno security guard shot and killed Andrew Herbert, 24, following a physical confrontation outside a northeast Fresno bar. The incident took place outside an establishment known as “The Bar,” which is located off of North First Street and Gettysburg.
Fresno police believe the shooting was an act of self defense and that Herbert was under the influence of alcohol. Police also say that the guard will probably not face criminal charges.
“It appears that the security guard was a victim of an assault,” said Fresno police Capt. Dennis Bridges.
The unidentified guard was patrolling the strip mall when Fresno police said a fight broke out involving Herbert. Police say the guard was attacked by Herbert while trying to break up the fight.
Witnesses say that Herbert and a friend were about to drive off, but they saw the security guard talking on his cell phone, trying to notify the police of the fight that took place. That’s when Herbert got out of the car and began attacked the guard a second time.
The guard pulled out his gun and shot Herbert. The 24-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.
Investigators are hoping that the security cameras outside the bar will help determine what ignited tensions between the 39-year-old guard and Herbert.