Messages of love and support are spray painted at a Chevron gas station on the corner of Armstrong and Shields. Sunday night hundreds of people gathered there to remember their friend, Dylan Noble, who was shot and killed by police, but also to demand justice.
“He was a loving person, he was loving with his family. He was loving with his friends, if you needed him he was there,” Alex Garvin, Noble’s friend, said.
It all started when Fresno Police got a call about an armed person in the area of Clinton and Clovis. When officers responded, they came across Noble who was allegedly speeding and after about a half mile of being followed, stopped at the Chevron.
“The officer was giving commands to the individual to show his hands not knowing whether or not he was the person that was called, the individual would not show his right hand,” Chief Dyer said.
Chief Dyer said Noble eventually stepped out and walked away from officers without showing his hands.
“Then he started rapidly walking towards the officers and made a comment I hate my life and then pulled his hand quickly and that’s when the officer fired,” Chief Dyer said.
But Noble’s friends don’t believe police and began an online petition asking for the entire body cam video to be released.
“I strongly disbelieve that Dylan said anything about hating life, I would bet my own life on that,” Garvin said.
Chief Dyer says it’s that body cam video that gives them the ability to say what happened and says he understands why the officers responded the way they did and will release the video when the investigation has concluded.
“There’s a balance that you have to achieve in being transparent and showing that video but not so soon that you taint the investigation.”
In the end it turned out Noble was not the person police were looking for when they responded to the initial call.
“This individual at least in this point in time appears to be a completely different than the person who was dressed in camouflage and armed with a rifle,” Chief Dyer said.
This is the 6th officer involved shooting in the city of Fresno. The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave while homicide detectives and district attorney detectives conduct the investigation.