Around 4:30 Monday morning Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies were greeted by the man who called them to his Terrace Avenue home. Sheriff's officials say the man was armed with a machete and gun that he refused to put down.
"Deputies immediately gave verbal commands for him to put down his weapons. He did not comply with their orders though. A deputy fired their taser at the suspect. It struck him but it proved to be ineffective. He continued at the deputies while holding the machete and that caused... multiple deputies to fire," said Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
It is unknown how many rounds were fired or how many struck the suspect. He was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later.
During a 911 call, the suspect told dispatchers about 10 people were in his home and going in and out of his living room without permission. Deputies found no evidence of that.
"We never contacted anybody, so right now we don't have anything to prove true that there were ever any intruders," said Botti.
Sheriff's officials say several deputies fired when suspect advanced at them w machete. Taser had no effect. Then they used lethal force.— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) January 30, 2017
Family members have identified the suspect as 45-year-old Refuqio Alvarez Junior.
Two other adults were also inside the home during the confrontation. Family members say the suspects mother and girlfriend witnessed the shooting. They were not hurt. Officials say three children under the age of 10 were also at the home but slept through the entire incident.
Family says victim is Refuqio Alvarez Jr. They claim he did not advance at deputies and was calling 911 about a real intruder.— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) January 30, 2017
Sheriff's deputies say it's too early to tell if drugs, alcohol or mental health problems may have been contributing factors.
Deputies are waiting on a search warrant to get a closer look at the gun and machete. It's unknown if the gun was loaded. The deputies involved were not hurt and will also be interviewed.
Deputies now waiting on a warrant to collect evidence in the home including the gun and machete. Unknown if it was loaded— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) January 30, 2017
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