Santa Fe and Palm Ave.

The suspect in Wednesday’s in custody death case has been identified as 41 year old Joseph Perez of Fresno.

An autopsy has been performed, but nothing conclusive was found to determine his cause of death.  Toxicology tests have been submitted and the results will hopefully provide more answers in this case.

Around 10:30 am Wednesday, a call came in to dispatchers saying there was a man acting strange, running and yelling on Palm Ave.  Fresno Police officers who were patrolling the area came across him as Sheriff’s deputies were responding to the scene.  Members of both agencies contacted the man and detained him.  Due to his mental state and possibly being under the influence of a substance, an ambulance was requested and responded to the scene to transport the suspect to the hospital.  During the drive to the hospital, the suspect died.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation because the suspect was contacted in the County’s jurisdiction of Santa Fe Ave. and Palm Ave. in Fresno.


Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137