Around 11:45 am on Tuesday, a homeowner flagged down a Selma Police officer patrolling the 2600 block of Pine Street regarding a man being on her property. As the officer went to make contact, the man fired several shots, striking the officer.
The armed suspect ran from the scene.
Selma Police officers, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire firefighters and Selma EMS responded and gave medical aid to the officer.
He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. He was taken to surgery and later passed away.
Multiple officers and deputies responded to the area. A deputy spotted the suspect near Fig and Sequoia and he was taken into custody.
The 23 year old suspect’s gun was later recovered a short distance from where he was arrested.
Law enforcement is familiar with the suspect as he does have a criminal background, including charges for firearms possession and robbery. He is currently on probation as part of California’s AB109.
Eric White Elementary was temporarily placed on lockdown. Once the situation was deemed safe, students were released to their families.
The officer has been with Selma Police Department Police for two years. No officers fired their weapons.
There are no other outstanding suspects. The names of the officer and suspect are not being released at this time. This remains an ongoing investigation.