Just before 6 p.m. Monday, police responded to the Shell gas station off Blackstone and Dakota after reports that someone fired bullets at a car. The hood was struck, but nobody was hurt.
“All parties were gone by the time police responded, however we have good intelligence as to whom they were,” said Lt. Mike Doyle, Fresno Police Dept.
Lieutenant Mike Doyle says officers have their guards up right now because a call like this could easily be used as a decoy to lure in cops.
“To setup some sort of retaliation or an ambush scenario,” said Lt. Doyle.
Fresno Police officers are now limiting their exposure on motorcycles and choosing to pair up in patrol cars after getting word that gang members may be targeting them.
“Anytime there are reports that gang members are specifically trying to shoot at a police officer or at a police vehicle we're very concerned,” said Lt. Doyle.
Police received similar threats at the beginning of April after officers shot and injured a gang member and murder suspect, 24-year old Jerel Stanfield.
Just three weeks ago, 21-year old Anthony Carrera allegedly opened fire on two detectives near Third and Ventura. Fortunately, neither was injured.
Lt. Doyle explained what the trigger most likely is for this violence against police.
“Because of our enforcement actions and taking a lot of gang members and guns off the streets, they're looking to retaliate,” said Lt. Doyle.
As an added safety measure, all volunteer officers have been pulled off the streets. These are folks who are not armed, but do ride in patrol cars and could easily be mistaken as sworn officers.
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