Fresno Police Chief Calls Officer-Involved Shooting, "Disturbing" - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Fresno Police Chief Calls Officer-Involved Shooting, "Disturbing"

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By: Ariana Duarte & Charlene Lee

At around 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Fresno police responded to a caller who said a man was disassembling a vehicle they believed to be stolen.

"As the patrol car pulled up, the suspect who was taking parts off the vehicle, ran towards that vehicle and actually got in," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

Two responding officers approached the car and ordered 41-year-old David Stump of Fresno, out of the vehicle.

But officials say Stump ignored the officers and instead reversed into the patrol car, placing police in harms way and prompting one of the officers to fire at the suspect.

Augustin Hernandez says he and his little brother, Carlos, were just feet away from where the shooting took place.

"I just heard gunshots. I heard three gunshots," said Hernandez.

Police struck the suspect all three times, but Stump managed to drive about two miles before his injuries forced him to come to a stop.

Saturday's shooting marked the fourth officer-involved shooting of 2008.

"It's a disturbing trend, knowing that there are a lot of individuals out there that are willing to take aggressive action against police officers," said Dyer.

No officers were injured, and Stump was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.

Chief Dyer says despite concerns over the number of officer-involved shootings this year, he supports the actions of his department.

"These officers are placed in some very difficult situations where they have to make split second decisions with limited facts," said Dyer.

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