Fresno Police Chief details deadly officer-involved shooting of an armed woman


Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer detailed the deadly officer-involved shooting that took place Saturday morning.

Just before 9 a.m. dispatchers received a 911 call from a screaming man saying his wife is going to kill him. “She’s trying to kill me,” screamed the man on the phone.

Then the phone disconnected, Dyer says.

Within five minutes, officers arrived to the area of Stanislaus and B streets. They made contact with the man at the front door, and the woman was upstairs, locked in a room.

They heard the woman screaming, and were able to get the door opened a bit, where they saw her allegedly armed with an ax.

Crisis negotiators were called to calm the situation, but to no avail. 

As the two officers were going down a narrow staircase, she came out of the room and Dyer says she charged at the officers with a knife and ax.

One of the officers was nearly five feet away from her when he fired several rounds. They immediately performed CPR, but she died at the hospital.

Dyer calls the incident an unfortunate tragedy, the death of an “emotionally unstable” woman.

The woman’s husband is understandably distraught, he says.

The officer will be placed on administrative leave following an investigation into the use of force, and body cam footage is being reviewed.

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