Two undercover Fresno police officers were shot at Tuesday as they drove east on Jensen Avenue in southwest Fresno.
The officers, members of the gun crimes unit, were driving an unmarked Ford Taurus on their way back from the department’s Regional Training Center. The officers slowed down to look at two men who were walking on the north side of Jensen Avenue when they were shot at just before 4 p.m., Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
“They slowed down momentarily to get a look at them and continued eastbound when one of those individuals pulled out a handgun and began firing at the officers in the car,” he said.
One of the two rounds penetrated a back window on the left side, but neither officer was hurt.
Dyer said the officers sped away and called for assistance, coming to a stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Officers set up a perimeter around Jensen and South Walnut avenues, where the suspects ran. He said 60 to 70 officers were searching on the ground and in a helicopter Tuesday evening.
“We’re very hopeful and very optimistic that we’ll be able to identify and apprehend the individuals responsible for this,” Dyer said.