Photo of Ronald Harris from February 2020

The suspect involved in Thursday’s deputy involved shooting remains hospitalized, but has been electronically booked into the Fresno County Jail.

36 year old Ronald Harris of Sanger faces felony charges of domestic violence, child endangerment, resisting arrest using threat or violence, assault with a deadly weapon and making violent threats.

Shortly before 12:30 pm on Thursday, deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence call at a home on E. Ashlan Ave., midway between Greenwood and Academy Avenues in Sanger. Dispatchers received information that a man named Ronald Harris was choking a woman. Deputies arrived and met with the victim who managed to free herself and get to a safe location. She told deputies two small children were inside the home with the suspect. Deputies surrounded the house and called out for Harris to surrender. Finally around 1:30 pm the suspect came out of the house, armed with bladed weapons and threatening deputies. Harris refused to listen to deputy’s commands to give up. During the encounter, one deputy fired their handgun and another deputy simultaneously fired their less lethal shotgun at the suspect. After being struck, Harris continued to want to fight with deputies. A third deputy deployed their Taser, which then allowed them to take the suspect into custody. Deputies administered first aid until a helicopter ambulance arrived and flew the suspect to the hospital for treatment. Harris is expected to survive. No deputies were injured.

Anyone with additional information on this case or Ronald Harris is asked to contact Detective Ben Gonzalez at (559) 600-8206. You may also contact Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or  You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Photo of Harris from February 2020


Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137