Standoff near Bulldog Stadium escalates to officer-involved shooting, suspect killed

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- An hours-long standoff in Northeast Fresno ended with police shooting and killing the suspect who was allegedly armed with an ax.

"I woke up to Oliver, Oliver, Oliver. Come out, Oliver," a neighbor said, "Boom, boom, boom, boom."

Viewers captured sound of police asking a suspect to exit an apartment on Bulldog Lane and 9th Street, near Fresno State.

"He barricaded himself in the house and that is when they were trying to get him out," said Deputy Chief Pat Farmer, Fresno Police Department

Neighbors standing in the rain, watching as Fresno police worked to get a 29-year-old man to surrender peacefully.

"People were saying there kids inside but nobody knew," a neighbor said.

Authorities confirmed that is true: three kids, a mother and three other adults were all inside.

And officials say they were home when the suspect walked through the door at 1 a.m. on Saturday.

"The son was under the influence and was acting irrational," Deputy Chief Farmer said.

Family members, according to police, tried to get the suspect who locked himself inside the bathroom to leave, but they had no luck.

It was not until authorities say the suspect opened the door that those inside worried they might be harmed with the weapon he had in his hands.

"He began to swing the ax in the air telling everyone to stay away from him and at that point we were called," Deputy Chief Farmer said.

Negotiators worked to get the suspect to come out and used a robot to check to see where he was inside the apartment.

When texts and verbal communication between them and the suspect stopped, SWAT team members entered the apartment where an officer fired his weapon injuring the suspect.

"This is the last thing our officers wanted to do, it seems that he put our officers in a bad situation refusing to come out peacefully," Deputy Chief Farmer said.

The suspect, whose name has not been released at this time, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he died.

Authorities say the suspect was a wanted parolee who had been arrested for kidnapping a child under the age of 14, assaulting a teacher with a deadly weapon, and being in possession of a broken dagger.

It's a shooting that according to neighbors that left his mom in tears.

"She was crying it was really emotionally I felt even bad for her," a witness said.
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