SANGER – The man who shot and wounded by a Sanger police officer over the weekend has been identified as 30-year-old Philip Ozuna of Del Rey.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Sunday. A Sanger police officer was attempting to make a traffic stop on a stolen Honda Accord near North and Academy Avenues, but the driver, later identified as Ozuna, failed to pull over.
Officers pursued Ozuna through Sanger. Ozuna eventually lost control of the Accord and crashed it into a fire hydrant and utility pole near North and Brehler Avenues As a patrol vehicle pulled up behind the Accord, Ozuna backed the vehicle up toward the officer and the officer’s car. The officer, who has not been identified, fired several shots at Ozuna, who then drove away, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Police again pursued Ozuna, who used the Accord to ram one of the patrol vehicles. An officer was eventually able to disable Ozuna’s vehicle at Annadale Avenue and I Street.
Officers discovered that Ozuna had been hit by a bullet. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Ozuna is a self-admitted gang member and a wanted parolee. He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evasion and possession of a stolen car.
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