An attempt to pull over Baires, who was driving a stolen vehicle, took a deadly turn Tuesday afternoon. Fresno County sheriff's officials say Baires crashed into three undercover vehicles used by the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) team.
"Some officer's lives were in danger and an officer-involved shooting occurred," said Fresno County Assistant Sheriff John Zanoni.
Shots were fired by a California Highway Patrol officer and a Fresno County sheriff's deputy on Ventura Avenue and Hazelwood Boulevard just after 12:30 p.m.
Miguel Valladares caught the incident on video. He says he saw the suspect vehicle surrounded just before he started recording.
"They were yelling their orders like, 'Get down. Get out of the car.' or whatever. They were yelling, but he wasn't listening," said Valladares. "Right when he tried to take off and smash the other car, he got fired on."
Authorities have not said whether Baires was armed with a weapon other than the car when the incident happened.
Officials say Baires was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died. No deputies were injured.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, vehicle code requires drivers to pull over for red lights and a siren, even in an unmarked law enforcement vehicle.
Assistant Sheriff Zanoni says officers and deputies used both.
"The officers are all wearing tactical vests that are clearly marked with 'police,' 'sheriff'. They have a badge on them," said Zanoni. "It would be pretty obvious they are members of law enforcement."
Another woman who was in the passenger seat of the car exited the vehicle before shots were fired and is expected to be OK. Officials say she will not face charges.