Officer Kills Man After Attack, Stabbing in North Fresno
A man is now dead after police say he broke into a home, stabbed his uncle, and later attacked an officer, early Sunday morning in North Fresno.
Police were called to the area of Fisher and Fairmont around 3:00 a.m. Sunday.
A homeowner reported that he found an intruder in his home.
The homeowner says the man grabbed a knife before running out.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the suspect, a 28-year-old man, later ran to his uncle's house, which was two doors down.
Once there, Dyer says the man fought with his uncle and stabbed him three times twice in the back, once in the chin.
The man's uncle then ran to a neighbor's house for help.
When the first officer arrived, he found the stabbing victim in the street.
"He was rendering aid to the victim. As he was rendering aid, the suspect appeared in the dark and began attacking the officer," says Dyer.
Dyer says his officers have reviewed the officer's body camera, which showed the attack.
The officer fired four shots at the mankilling him at the scene.
Dyer says officers don't know if the man was under the influence of drugs, but they recovered a methamphetamine pipe in his clothing.
He has an extensive criminal history, which included time in prison. Dyer says the man also had convictions for battery on a Police Officer and assaulting a Correctional Officer.
"This individual had created problems for his family," said Dyer.
The officer who fired the deadly rounds has been with the department for eight years.
He is now on administrative leave.
His name is not being released.