FRESNO (AP) — Police in Fresno have called in SWAT teams and additional resources after learning of threats to an officer by gang members angered by the shooting of a suspect in a killing, the police chief said.
Police received multiple reports after Sunday's police-involved shooting that gang members have armed themselves and are threatening to shoot a police officer, Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Officers shot and wounded the 24-year-old man after he tried to flee and appeared to be arming himself, Dyer said. Officers found a handgun on him after he was arrested, the chief said. The man — a suspected gang member — was taken to a hospital.
Authorities said the man, whose name was not released, is a suspect in a gang-related homicide last week that left a 23-year-old man dead. He is also suspected of assault with a deadly weapon later the same day.
Dyer said detectives found the suspect's vehicle at a home on Sunday afternoon, followed him when he left, and tried to pull him over. The pursuit ended when police crashed into the suspect's vehicle and forced it to spin out, Dyer said. The suspect was shot after he ran, police said.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.