Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer revealed the outcome of the internal investigation into a police shooting which killed an unarmed 19-year-old. Dylan Noble was killed back in June during a traffic stop.
Noble was shot a total of four times by three officers and now the Chief says that although the officers acted accordingly, the fourth and final round is not justified and there will be disciplinary action.
It’s been almost six months since Noble was killed by Fresno Police officers outside a gas station at the intersection of Shields and Armstrong. Police were responding to a call about an armed man when they came across Noble and conducted a traffic stop which was captured on video by officers’ body worn camera.
“From the moment the officers first made contact with noble, he failed to obey the repeated commands of officers and did everything in his power to make the officers believe he was concealing a firearm and preparing to use that firearm,” Chief Dyer said.
According to him, a frame by frame review of the officer’s body cam footage revealed that after being shot, Noble made moves which made the officers fear for their lives causing them to open fire, but what caused anger and outcry from the community was the fourth and final shot. Noble had been lying on his back for 14 seconds after the previous three shots when an officer fired his shotgun.
“As the police chief, I hold our officers to a higher standard. As such, I have determined that the officer who fired the fourth and final round did not use the appropriate tactics in addressing the threat presented by Dylan Noble during that 14 second period between the third and fourth gunshots,” Dyer said.
He could not publicly say what corrective measures are being taken against the officer but assured the officers would be held accountable and the entire department will undergo more training and said their policies will be modified.
Dylan Noble mother’s attorney said he still believes all three officers involved in the shooting could have taken other measures to avoid shooting Noble. Noble had a blood alcohol level of .12 and traces of cocaine in his system.