Swearengin Looks to Hire Police Auditor Soon

October 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin could make a decision on a police auditor as soon as Thursday or Friday, just as the police department deals with two deadly shootings involving officers, this week. A police auditor would be responsible for overseeing shootings involving officers. The latest incident happened Wednesday at Marks and Santa Ana in Northwest Fresno.

Police say 38-year-old John Cooper called 911 twice and threatened to shoot the first officer he saw.

Officers say they had to shoot Cooper when he pointed a gun at them. The weapon turned out to be a fake.

The mayor said a review of the recent shootings will be launched, once a police auditor takes office.

"If for some reason, we are unsuccessful in securing a person in the position right now, we will contract out and have someone on site to review these cases," said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

There have been ten shootings involving Fresno police this year. There were eight last year.

Six of this year's shootings involving Fresno officers, have been deadly. Last year there were two.

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