Fresno Police investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Southeast Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) —
An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting in Southeast Fresno, police say.
It happened Tuesday at Garden and Mono in Fresno near Mario G. Olmos Elementary School.
According to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, officers were originally called to the location for a man who was high on drugs. A second call came in for two men fighting, one of them armed with a club or a stick but when officers arrived they only found one man. While they were talking to the suspect he pulled out a ten to 12 inch hunting knife out of his backpack.
Dyer says that's when officers backed away and tried to get the suspect to comply with their orders. However, after about 20 minutes the man reached back into his backpack and pulled out a gun. Two officers fired two to three shots each, striking the man. Police say officers immediately rendered aid and the man was taken to the hospital, where he later died. As of right now, police say the suspect appears to be in hit late 20's or early 30's.
Mario G. Olmos Elementary School was placed on lock down for 90 minutes as officers responded to the scene.
The officers that were involved in the shooting are both veteran officers that have been with the department for at least 15 years, Dyer says. They have both been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.