facebook
twitter
search
search

Gang threatens reprisal for shooting

April 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

FRESNO, Calif., April 1 (UPI) -- Police in Fresno, Calif., said gang members are threatening retaliation after officers shot a man suspected of a gang-related homicide.

Police said two officers tried pulling over the suspect. When the man drove away, police pursued and eventually rammed their patrol car into the unidentified suspect's vehicle.

He fled on foot, with the officers in pursuit. Police said they shot and injured the man when it appeared he was arming himself. He was found to be in possession of a handgun, The Fresno (Calif.) Bee said Monday.

The shooting has prompted known gang members in the city to call for retaliation against police. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said officers are taking the threat seriously and have increased their presence, including SWAT team deployment, in gang territory.

The two officers involved in Sunday's shooting have been placed on administrative leave for their safety, the newspaper said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Texas man killed in apparent alligator attack
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe
Four accused in slave-labor trafficking ring on Ohio egg farm