The man who Fresno Police shot and killed on Monday was a retired Fresno Police captain, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Around 11:30 a.m., police responded to the 200 block of Moody Avenue after a woman called dispatchers saying that her husband was covered in blood and was trying to hurt himself.
After officers arrived, the man came through his front door charging at officers with a 12-inch knife, Dyer said.
“As they went to the front door and opened it. They saw him inside. They saw the what they described as pool of blood inside the doorway. Immediately, the individual jumped up and had the knife in his hand and charged out of the front door at both the officers,” Dyer said.
An officer deployed a stun gun, but it had no effect. Another officer fired what appears to be two shots — striking and killing the man.
The man was identified as retired Fresno Police Capt. Marty West. West was also previously the chief of the Oakdale Police Department.
Dyer said he charged at officers with the knife, and he was a few feet away when the officer fired two rounds.
West retired from the Fresno Police Department in February in 2007, and he spent five more years in Oakdale, Dyer said.
“He was a longtime friend and a family member,” Dyer said, who appeared emotional.
West was struggling with mental health issues, Dyer said. The family had taken safety measures and removed all of the guns from the house.
Dyer said police did respond to the home on Friday for a disturbance.
When officers arrived, West already had a knife wound to his neck which was apparently self-inflicted.
West was covered in blood and charged at officers when the door opened.
Dyer said he reviewed body camera video and said the officers had no other choice but to fire.
The two officers were put on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
No other information was immediately available.