Group protests Fresno police officer-involved shooting

The Fresno BeeJune 13, 2014 

A group protesting the Fresno police officer-involved shooting this week gathered Friday afternoon in southwest Fresno.

The group of about 20 held signs and shouted to drivers at Fresno and C streets, a few blocks from the fatal shooting scene Wednesday night on Tulare Street.

On Friday, the Fresno County Coroner's Office identified the man shot and killed Wednesday night by Fresno police as Miguel Moreno-Torrez. The coroner's office didn't release Moreno-Torrez's age.

Two officers shot and killed Moreno-Torrez Wednesday night as he stood over his brother with a knife and threatened to kill him, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said early Thursday morning.

The two brothers, ages 22 and 25 according to initial police reports, were fighting right before 10 p.m. in front of their home when officers arrived. One brother was holding an 8- to-10-inch carving knife and appeared intent on stabbing him, a witness told Dyer.

"The officers yelled at them and told them to get on the ground, " Dyer said.

"One of the brothers did get on the ground, but the other brother who was armed with a knife did not and he continued to advance toward his brother. At one point he held the knife over his head and came towards him. This is what prompted the officers to fire. ... It's unfortunate any time our officers have to use deadly force, but there are times they have to use that in order to protect the lives of people."

Dyer said the shooting remains under investigation, but he believes one officer fired nine times and the other fired eight times. Officers administered CPR, but the man died at the scene, Dyer said.

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