A Selma police officer fatally shot a man Monday night after the man charged the officer with a knife during a confrontation on a rooftop, Fresno County Sheriff’s Lt. Jose Salinas said Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office identified the man Tuesday as Johnny Platas, 45.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting at the request of Selma police. Selma police are in charge of the internal investigation of the incident.
The incident took place in the 2300 block of Azalea Street, where Selma officers went to investigate a domestic violence call. Salinas said the victim reported that her husband assaulted her with a knife and then went to the roof of the home. Officers found Platas on the roof armed with a large knife and tried to talk him into coming down, but Platas began cutting and stabbing himself with the weapon.
An officer climbed to the roof and used a Taser to stun Platas, who fell to the surface of the roof, Salinas said. But as the officer tried to detain Platas, he stood up and “went at the Selma officer with the knife,” Salinas said. Other officers then fired their department-issued handguns at Platas, striking him several times, Salinas said.
Paramedics took Platas to Selma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office will review the investigation by the sheriff’s office. The officers involved in the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave.
Salinas said officers have previously responded to the home for a domestic violence investigation.
Salinas said anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Mark Chapman at 559-600-8209.