A Fresno police officer escaped injury Monday morning when a man who turned out to be a shooting suspect tried to drive off with the officer partially in the suspect's car.
It happened shortly after 10 a.m. in the area of Olive and Parkway avenues -- a location where police say there is a great deal of drug, prostitution and gang activity.
Sgt. Carlos Frausto said that the officer had stopped a suspicious vehicle and was questioning the driver while leaning in an open door. It turned out that the driver did not have a valid licence, and the man, 28-year-old Ricardo Jenkins, put the car in gear and tried to drive off. Frausto said the officer pulled his service handgun and Jenkins stopped the car and sprinted into a nearby neighborhood.
Jenkins jumped several fences and ran through a mobile home park with police in pursuit.
Frausto said police learned that Jenkins might be connected to a recent retaliation shooting at the Manchester Shopping Center at Blackstone and Dakota avenues in central Fresno. Officers then called for a search dog and help from the Fresno County Sheriff's helicopter.
Jenkins was found hiding in a laundry room and did not come out until the dog was sent in after him. He surrendered and was treated for minor bites.
Frausto said Jenkins is also sought on a felony warrant. He will be booked into the Fresno County Jail.
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