Suspect Dead, 3 Officers Wounded In Fresno Shootout
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Three members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force are recovering after being shot by a wanted fugitive.
The gunfire rang out around two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, just about a block away from Sunnyside High School, on East Liberty Avenue near Peach.
Police say a Fresno County deputy was hit the face from bullet fragments. However, a U.S. Marshal and a parole agent were both hit in the chest area.
Thankfully, all were wearing bulletproof vests.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says, "From the location of where the round struck there is a good likelihood that the individual would have been killed if not wearing a bulletproof vest."
Robert Wade lives nearby. Wade says, "I couldn't believe it, not this close, right over the fence."
He and others say the shootout last nearly 4 seconds, stopped, then started up again.
Wade says, "Then I saw all the police officers coming and you see someone coming out and just walked up to the tree and see them working on them."
Police say the task force was working on a tip to find Jerry Vue.
He is wanted for a June 2012 case in Fresno County.
Sheriff Margaret Mimms says, the case involved an assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and sexual assault against his girlfriend.
Police say at first a woman who answered the door told officers he didn't live there. However, while searching the apartment, police say Vue hid under some clothes in the garage and then opened fire as officers walked in.
Vue was killed in the driveway.
Police also took in a relative for questioning.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Assistant Chief Russell York says, "The kind of people this task force looks for are the violent criminals, So there is always a risk of this happening."
All three officers are expected to make a full recovery.
Members of the Fresno Police Department are investigating the shooting.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said four officers were searching inside the apartment for the suspect who was hiding in the garage and jumped out and began shooting.All four officers returned fire killing the suspect in the driveway.
Three of the four officers were wounded but all are expected to recover.The suspect, Jerry Vue, was wanted in connection with a case with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department involving assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and sexual assault.
Chief Dyer would not confirm the suspect killed was Vue and said they were waiting for the Fresno County Coroner's Office to confirm his identity.The Fresno Police Department is handling the investigation.
Three members of the U.S. Marshals multi-unit task force were wounded around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon while attempting to arrest Jerry Vue.
A parole agent was shot in the chest but was protected by his bullet proof vest, a U.S. Marshal was shot in the lower abdomen, and a Fresno County sheriff's deputy was hit in the face by bullet fragments.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer will hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m.
The suspect, Jerry Vue, was killed in the shootout with officers.
One officer was shot in the face, the other in his bullet proof vest.
The school lock down has been lifted.
KMPH is on the scene of a shooting between law enforcement and a suspect wanted by U.S. Marshals.The shooting happened a block from Sunnyside High and Ayer Elementary schools and both were placed on lock down.
Early reports are two officers were wounded by gunfire and one suspect was killed.
Stay with KMPH and KMPH.com for updates on this developing story.