Selma police officer shoots and injures suspect during traffic stop, deputies say

This is the first officer-involved shooting to happen in Selma since the death of Officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr. back in January.

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Friday, May 5, 2023
Selma police officer shoots and injures suspect during traffic stop, deputies say
A late-night traffic stop ended with shots being fired by a Selma officer.

SELMA, Calif. (KFSN) -- A late-night traffic stop ended with a suspect being shot by a Selma police officer on Wednesday.

The shooting happened just before midnight in the area of Mountain View and McCall avenues.

Fresno County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Tony Botti says Selma Police pulled over a vehicle because it didn't have a license plate.

"The suspect pulled over willingly, pretty quickly, there was no behavior by the suspect to cause the officer to think that there was more immediate danger than usual," Botti said.

During the traffic stop, officials say the passenger, identified as 32-year-old Michael Mathison, got out of the vehicle and displayed a gun.

Botti says the officer fired at Mathison and hit him as he was standing outside of the car.

After being hit, Mathison ran into a nearby orchard where he was later arrested.

Mathison was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He's since been released and booked into the Fresno County Jail on several charges, including brandishing a firearm, committing a felony while armed, and assault with a firearm.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was uninjured and detained.

The sheriff's office says Mathison has a criminal history.

The officer who fired their weapon has worked for the department for two years and is on routine administrative leave.

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