Two officers shot at in central Fresno

The Fresno BeeJanuary 16, 2014 

Two Fresno police officers who stopped in central Fresno to detain a man wanted for drug possession found themselves under fire Thursday night.

The officers were parking their patrol vehicle about 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of North Fresno Street, near Belmont Street in central Fresno. As they got out of the vehicle they saw two men at the front of a pair of homes, and one fired at the officers, police Lt. Joe Gomez said.

The two officers took cover and didn't have time to fire back, Gomez said. No officer was wounded.

One man was taken into custody and another ran toward the backyard of the home.

Officers with the Violent Crime Impact Team and patrol officers searched two homes and detained eight people. Officers were interviewing the occupants Thursday night to try to identify the shooting suspect, Gomez said.

Police also were trying Thursday night to obtain a search warrant for the homes.

The man wanted on a drug possession warrant was later arrested, Gomez said.

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