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Fresno Police Shoot-Kill Stabbing Suspect

Police tape was up Wednesday morning in the area of Weber and Thorne after officers shot a man they said was stabbing a woman.

A man died Wednesday after being shot by police in Fresno.

Fresno Police said officers were called to a hotel near N. Weber and N. Thorne Avenues around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday because someone heard a woman screaming. When officers arrived, they said they saw a man stabbing a woman. They crawled through a window to try to stop him from attacking her.


Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a media conference around 4:30 a.m. that officers fired a bean bag round at the man, but he continued stabbing the woman. At that point, Chief Dyer said officers fired their guns. Two officers involved in the incident were wearing body cameras when the man was shot.

"You could hear clearly, one of the officers who fired his weapon, state, as he was firing a weapon, 'he's still stabbing her, he's still stabbing her,' and then fired and then the suspect stopped," Chief Dyer said.

The man died a few hours later. The woman was taken to a hospital Wednesday. Her condition was not immediately released, but police said she was stable.

"It's been determined that she had at least 13 stab wounds to the upper torso as well as her back area," Chief Dyer told the media Wednesday.

Chief Dyer did not immediately identify the man police saw stabbing the woman, but said he was a 55-year-old Hispanic man with an extensive criminal history that included charges of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and making terrorist threats.

"Had the officers not responded here so quickly this evening, and intervened in the manner in which they did, the suspect would've killed this female victim. And so for that, we can be thankful to these officers for responding in such a timely manner, and at least at this point saving the life of this lady," Chief Dyer said.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.




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