Fresno Police on edge after deadly officer shooting in Baton Rouge

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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said he is concerned about possible copycats after a deadly shooting of law enforcement in Baton Rouge Sunday, so he's taking extra steps to protect his officers. (KFSN)

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said he is concerned about possible copycats after a deadly shooting of law enforcement in Baton Rouge Sunday, so he's taking extra steps to protect his officers.

"It's just unfortunate that this Mourning Band that we wear on our badge is now becoming a permanent fixture," he said.

"For the second time in two weeks, Dyer is commenting on deadly attacks against law enforcement officers.

"It's just a sad state we live in today," he said. "It's no longer an incident that is occurring it has become the trend and become the norm."

But this time the tragic shooting in Baton Rouge where two police officers and a deputy died reminded him of an ambush-style shooting involving two of his officers 10 years ago.

These two men responded to a call in northwest Fresno where a man claimed his boyfriend was suicidal and using drugs.

When the officers arrived, the suspect fired 20 rounds.

"I remember the circumstances very well and seeing both of those officers in the hospital," Dyer recalled. "And it's just a reality that officers face today is that their next call could be their last call."

Dyer said with Dallas and now Baton Rouge, officers are on guard.

He has made changes to make them more comfortable and prepared out in the field.

"Which is why I've taken the steps to double up all of our patrol units in the nighttime both swings and midnights," he said. "I have SWAT team on standby ready to respond as well as monitoring social media to determine what type of threats might be out there."
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