Fresno, California – One man has been hospitalized after he fired a shotgun at officers in a neighborhood located on Valeria Street near Belmont Avenue Tuesday evening.
According to Fresno Police Department, officers attempted a traffic stop on a 2006 Nissan speeding through the area at around 5:30 p.m.
Instead of pulling over, however, the car sped off and led law enforcement units on a short chase which ended when the vehicle wrecked near Grant St.
The driver and the only passenger in the vehicle immediately exited the crashed car and fled on foot in separate directions.
On his way out of the car, the driver grabbed a short pump action shotgun with a grip wrapped in duct tape.
The driver turned and fired a few shells at pursuing officers, who returned fire. But the suspect turned and kept running.
He continued to run until he was confronted by a citizen, who was unaware of what had just happened and only knew that a man with a shotgun was running at him.
The citizen, a legal carrier of a concealed handgun, drew his weapon and fired once at the approaching suspect.
The suspect dropped to the ground, but then got up and continued running until he entered an apartment complex.
When he tried breaking into an apartment, he was tackled from behind by yet another citizen. He was held in place until officers could arrive to take over the scene.
The suspect was taken to the Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of a single gunshot wound to his chest.
Fresno Police say that since both the citizen and the officers fired at the suspect, it’s unclear who’s bullet struck.
When he is released from the hospital by doctors, he will be charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, and gun related charges. Police were not able to locate the passenger who fled the scene and the driver is uncooperative with helping to identify him. Both are suspected gang members.