The gunman who killed a man and shot two other people Thursday in a northwest Fresno rampage sustained fatal injuries from crashing into a ditch, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said Saturday.
Joshua Lewis, 21, crashed a stolen SUV near Shaw and Jameson avenues and was ejected, Coroner David Hadden said. The blunt-force trauma included fractured ribs.
Lewis' shooting spree ended when an off-duty sergeant with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shot him four times near Shaw and Polk Avenues, including through the jaw.
The sergeant fired rounds that were smaller than a BB and did not fatally wound Lewis, Hadden said.
"It slowed him down and was a deterrent from him shooting anyone else," Hadden said.
The sergeant likely saved lives, Hadden said.
Lewis used a revolver to leave a trail of chaos in his wake during a shooting and carjacking spree that started about 5:45 p.m. and left Nhia Lee, 65, of Fresno dead. The sergeant, who has not been named because Lewis was a gang member, was driving with his wife when he saw the shooting occurring, pulled his car over, grabbed his gun and started walking toward the shooter.
He opened fire when Lewis aimed at a 19-year-old and his 5-year-old brother running away from their SUV.
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