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Around 2:45 pm on May 9th, a homeowner made a report to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office that the security alarm at his house was going off and he was unable to go there and check on it.

The homeowner also said he had checked surveillance cameras around his property and saw a man he did not know.  Deputies headed toward the home located on the 5400 block of E. Balch Ave. in Fresno.  Meanwhile, a neighbor who had been listening to a police scanner inside his home, looked out his window and saw a man walk by who matched the suspect’s description.  The neighbor, who is a retired law enforcement officer, called sheriff’s dispatchers and reported where he saw the suspect.  In an effort to be a good witness, the man took his dog outside and began to follow the suspect.  Once they got close, the suspect turned around and attacked the man and his dog.  Deputies later arrived and took the suspect into custody.

EMS personnel were called to the scene to treat the suspect for minor injuries, which included dog bites.  While getting medical attention, the man went unconscious and began to experience cardiac issues.  Paramedics performed CPR and transported him to Community Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

The suspect has been identified as 31 year old Lorenzo Neal of Fresno.  (He is not related to the former NFL player).  An autopsy has been performed on Neal and his cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests. 

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are handling this in-custody death investigation.

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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