A man who was holding his girlfriend at gunpoint Saturday evening and was pointing a gun at his own head was shot and killed by Fresno police, Chief Jerry Dyer said.
The man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died, Dyer said.
The incident at a home in the 2000 block of South Fourth Street in southeast Fresno began about 7 p.m. when the man, who was not identified but was said to be in his late 20s, grabbed his girlfriend and put her in a headlock during a domestic dispute, the chief said.
After police received a call about a disturbance at the home, arriving officers could hear screaming from a block away.
The man reportedly had a criminal history and was arrested a week ago, but Dyer could not say what the man had been charged with.
Fearing that the man would injure his girlfriend, who was also not identified but was described in her mid-20s, police officers opened fire, the chief said. He did not say how many times the man was hit.
Police then recovered the two handguns the man had been armed with. The girlfriend was not injured, Dyer said.
He said the girlfriend likely avoided injury or death because of the officers’ decision to shoot.
“We have no doubt that absent immediate action of these officers, perhaps that female would have been shot and killed tonight,” Dyer said.
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