Suspect in critical condition after being shot by Fresno police
FRESNO – A man is in the hospital in critical condition after Fresno police opened fire on him early Monday morning.
Police received a call around 12:15 a.m. from a woman who said her son was threatening to kill other family members at a home in the 5100 block of East Lamona Avenue.
When officers arrived at the scene, they saw an armed man inside the house. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that there were five other people inside the home as well. The suspect with the gun would not follow the officers’ orders, Dyer said.
“One of the officers fired a warning shot into the ground,” Dyer said.
Unfortunately, the warning shot did nothing to deescalate the situation. The suspect refused to put his weapon down and began advancing toward the front door with the semiautomatic handgun in his hand, Dyer said. At that point, officers fired at the man.
The officers backed up into the front yard, and at some point, the suspect discarded his gun. However, he reappeared and went running toward officers with an 8-inch blade knife, Dyer said.
“The officers again fired at the suspect,” Dyer said.
This time, the suspect was hit multiple times by the gunfire. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. He is listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive, police said. His identity has not yet been released.
No one else was hurt during the incident.
A loaded handgun and hunting knife were recovered at the scene, according to police.
Fresno Bee: Police shoot man in east-central Fresno