Fresno man says officer-involved shooting suspect threatened to kill him before arrest

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The suspect, Steve Sengsourynga, is a known gang member to police with an extensive criminal history. (KFSN)

A southwest Fresno man had a frightening experience Saturday night after his neighbor's son threatened him with what appeared to be a gun.

The incident took place around 8:30 p.m. near Edison High School.

The suspect's father said his son was released from prison just last week so when he showed up to his home with a replica gun he was upset, and he was scared for his life and his neighbor's.

"My neck and my head," Siphong Rasmy said as he described the moment.

The suspect, Steve Sengsourynga, is a known gang member to police with an extensive criminal history.

Sengsourynga approached Rasmy on his porch and placed a replica handgun, that he thought was real, to the back of his head

"He tells me, 'You want to die? Want to die?'" Rasmy said.

Rasmy's wife was nearby and called 911.

"I was scared," his wife said.

Sengsourynga's father was also there. He was sitting outside with his Rasmy and said his son threatened him too.

"'I kill you, I kill you, I kill all out here,'" Sengsourygna's father Theung recounted.

Police said after making the threats Sengsourynga took off running from Geneva Ave to an apartment complex about a mile away near Martin Luther King Blvd.

Neighbors close by contacted police about a suspicious man, carrying a small duffle bag, roaming the streets.

"We were flagged down by an individual who said that they saw the suspect he had raised up his shirt and had a handgun tucked into his waistband," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

When an officer found Sengsourynga, police say he pulled out his gun and pointed it at the officer.

"The officer, at that time, had the presence of mind to have his firearm out fired several rounds at the suspect through his patrol window," Dyer said.

Sengsourynga was grazed in the head and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.

It was a terrifying experience for his family, who said that even they are scared of him.

"Tried to kill me and tried to kill my wife too," Rasmy said. "And my daughter too, I'm really, really scared."

The suspect was booked into the Fresno County Jail early Sunday morning.
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