Around 11:45 am on Tuesday, a homeowner flagged down a Selma Police officer patrolling the 2600 block of Pine Street regarding a man being on her property.
As the officer went to make contact, the man fired several shots, striking the officer. The armed suspect ran from the scene.
Selma Police officers, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire firefighters and Selma EMS responded and gave medical aid to the officer. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. He was taken to surgery and later passed away.
Multiple officers and deputies responded to the area. Around 12:10 pm, a deputy spotted the suspect near Fig and Sequoia and he was taken into custody. The 23 year old suspect's gun was later recovered a short distance from where he was arrested. Law enforcement is familiar with the suspect. He has a criminal background, including charges for firearms possession and robbery. He has served time in prison and is currently on probation as part of California's AB 109 law (prison realignment).
Eric White Elementary was temporarily placed on lockdown. Once the situation was deemed safe, students were released to their families.
The officer has been with the Selma Police Department for two years. This marks the first line of duty death for the Selma Police Department.
No officers fired their weapons. There are no other outstanding suspects. The names of the officer and suspect are not being released at this time. This remains an ongoing investigation.
The Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is supporting the Selma Police Officer’s Association by establishing a memorial fund in which all donations will be given to the officer’s family.
Please send contributions to:
Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association
C/O Selma POA Memorial Fund
1360 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to please contact Sheriff’s Detective Richard Antunez at (559) 600-8221 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Reference case # 23-1223.