It happened around 10:30 Sunday morning, after police got a call of a man armed with a gun.
Officers and Fresno County sheriff's deputies tried pulling over 30-year-old Stanley Galaves on Academy and Young.
But they say he refused to get out of the car. Investigators tell us one of the officers thought Galaves was reaching for a weapon, so he fired at the suspect.
Parlier Police Chief David Cerda said, "At one point it's believed the subject was reaching for a firearm, which a firearm was located, a rifle in the back seat of the vehicle. And the vehicle was stolen out of the county of Fresno."
Police say Galaves is a gang member and has a violent criminal past. Officers arrested him a block from where the shooting took place.