Police Officer Honored by City of Chowchilla

October 28, 2008 12:09:25 AM PDT
A Fresno police officer who opened fire after being attacked at Roosevelt High School received a special honor.Junus Perry was presented with a large original painting from the city of Chowchilla. The honor was initiated by a resource officer from the north valley who wanted to reach out to offer support to the officer. The painting shows two hands joined together.

School Resource Officer Phil Cheatham said, "When I heard of the incident, my heart went out to Junus and Fresno P.D. and everyone involved in the situation. I immediately went to Heather Noll, our art teacher and said we have to do something."

Heather Noll said, "I was honored to be asked to create a painting that illustrates a symbol of the support campus officers give our kids every day."

Perry was on duty nearly seven months ago when police say ... he was caught off guard by Sophomore Jesse Carrizales. As he came out of his office, Perry was hit in the back of the head with a modified bat. Investigators say Perry had no choice but to shoot. Carrizales died from his injuries.

Officer Perry has not spoken publicly about this incident, but that all changes Thursday night. In an Action News Exclusive interview, reporter Sontaya Rose talks with Perry about how his life has changed and the difficult decision he made.

That interview airs Thursday night on Action News Live at 11:00p.m.

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