Officer-involved shooting in Southwest Fresno

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According to police, the suspect ran in front of the officer's car, brandished the replica handgun and pointed it at the officer. (KFSN)

A Fresno Police officer fired at a suspect after the man brandished a replica gun in Southwest Fresno, Fresno Police said.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that the 35-year-old suspect approached his father and another man near Lee and California Avenues with what they believed to be a gun when the suspect placed the object on the back of the man's head and threatened to kill him.

The suspect and his father exchanged words and the suspect took off after placing the object in his waistband.

Police then received reports from neighbors of an armed man in the area and an officer, still in his patrol vehicle, confronted the suspect.

According to police, the suspect ran in front of the officer's car, brandished the replica handgun and pointed it at the officer. The officer then fired several rounds at the suspect through his windshield, grazing the man in the head.

The suspect dropped the replica gun and ran off but officers later located the suspect and transported him to Community Regional Medical Center where he is expected to be okay.

Police said the suspect is a well-known gang member with an extensive criminal history and will be booked at the Fresno County Jail.

The officer was not hurt and is on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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