On Tuesday, shortly before noon, a man broke into the Fresno Police Department’s offices and began beating a detective, who subsequently shot and killed the suspect, Police Chief Paco Balderrama said.
The detective, a 25-year veteran of the force, suffered head and neck lacerations and was transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The suspect was pronounced dead in the detective’s office at the City Hall Annex in downtown Fresno after being shot at least once.
The culprit, who Balderrama characterised as approximately 300 pounds and 6-feet tall, is still being sought by police.
“This individual should never have been in police headquarters and had no business being here,” Balderrama said, noting that the suspect was not scheduled to see anyone in the premises.
“At this point, we have no idea what the motivation is. What we do know is that over the previous couple of years, assaults against police officers have increased across the country.”
Balderrama stated that it is unknown how the suspect gained access, pointing out that each entrance to police headquarters requires a key and the parking lot has a fence.
“It’s deeply concerning to me… that someone with malicious intent could infiltrate police headquarters and injure one of my officers,” he said.
“The officer took whatever action he believed necessary to preserve his own life.”