Fresno PD Kills Unarmed Bulldog Gang Member

September 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Friends and family of a Fresno gang member say Fresno Police shot and killed the unarmed man while he was trying to surrender.                 |   Watch Videos Above for Extended Coverage   |

Police say 28 -year-old Lonnie Graham was a wanted parolee and violent gang member. Officers showed up to a house on Calaveras and Hedges near the Tower District, early Wednesday morning.

Police say he had a shiny object in his hand and refused to drop it. That's when officers opened fire. But a friend of Graham's who didn't want her face shown, claims he was trying to cooperate with police.

Martha Sanchez said, "Not all Bulldog gang members are bad people, they are some that are family men and some that care for people."

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "The officers yelled at him to drop the object and Graham refused to do so. As Graham took a step, the officers felt at that point at time, he was preparing to turn on them."

Graham died at the scene. Police found a silver cell phone near his body. But no weapon was found.

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