Fresno Sheriff: 31-year-old man dies in custody after attacking a man and his dog


A 31-year-old man died while in the custody of deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

It all began on May 9 just before 3 p.m. when a home’s security alarm began sounding, and the homeowner was not able to check on his home. He checked security cameras and noticed a man he wasn’t familiar with.

Deputies headed to the home in the 5400 block of East Balch Avenue. While en route, a neighbor and retired police officer was listening to a police scanner inside his home, look out and saw the man who matched the suspect’s description.

That’s when he called dispatch and reported where he saw the suspect. He then went outside and followed the suspect. “Once they got close, the suspect turned around and attacked the man
and his dog,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies arrived shortly thereafter and took the suspect into custody. EMS was called to the scene to treat the suspect for minor injuries, which included dog bites.

“While getting medical attention, the man went unconscious and began to experience cardiac issues. Paramedics performed CPR and transported him to Community Regional Medical Center, where he later died,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Lorenzo Neal of Fresno. He is not related to the former NFL player.

An autopsy has been performed on Neal and his cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are handling this in-custody death investigation.

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