Fresno officer fires at suspects during gun battle near Fresno State, police say

FRESNO, California - One man was shot, two men are in custody, and two other men are believed to be on the loose following a gun battle near Fresno State on Tuesday night. A responding officer is on paid administrative leave after opening fire on suspects during the shooting.

Just after 10 p.m., officers were dispatched to University Inn across from Fresno State regarding a suspicious person knocking on doors.

A 20-year veteran of the Fresno Police Department was the first officer to arrive.

When the officer arrived, he drove into the parking lot where he witnessed an ongoing gun battle involving multiple people, police said. As shots were being fired, the officer exited his vehicle, drew his handgun, and confronted the suspects in the parking lot on the east side of the hotel.

As the officer confronted the suspects, he saw a victim being hit by gun fire and ordered the suspects to drop their weapons, police said. Two of the suspects immediately fled east on foot into some bushes and later re-emerged into the parking lot where additional shots were fired.

The officer fired several rounds at these suspects as they moved north through lot, police said.

The suspects continued north and fled east into an apartment complex. When other officers arrived, the officer who fired his handgun began treating the victim until medical personnel transported him to Community Regional Medical Center.

The 33-year-old victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso and right arm, police said. He underwent surgery and is now in stable condition. 

The victim’s brother, Jimmy Martinez, 34, was at the scene of the shooting and was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said.

A second suspect, Erik Martinez, 25, was also arrested on charges of resisting arrest and interfering in the investigation.

Erik and Jimmy are cousins, police said.

At the scene, officers recovered two handguns, a .22 caliber semi-automatic and a .38 revolver, in the parking lot near where the shooting occurred.

It is still being determined if the guns were used in the shooting, police said.

Police believe there are at least two men involved the shooting who are still at large.

No additional shooting victims were located, and there is no evidence that the shots fired by the arriving officer struck any of the suspects, police said.

Police say the shooting appears gang related.

Anyone with information should called the Police Department at 559-621-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 where callers will remain anonymous may receive a reward for information leading to an arrest.

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