The man fatally shot by Selma police after he allegedly charged an officer with a knife during a rooftop confrontation Monday night was identified as Johnny Platas 45, of Selma, the Fresno County Coroner reports.
The shooting occurred about 7 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Azalea Street after Selma police officers went to investigate a domestic violence call. Fresno County sheriff’s Lt. Jose Salinas said Tuesday that the victim reported her husband assaulted her with a knife and then went to the roof of the home.
Fresno County sheriff’s detectives are continuing to interview Selma police officers and those living near the site of the stabbing and shooting.
Police officers found Platas on the roof, armed with a large knife and tried to talk him into coming down, but the man began cutting and stabbing himself.
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 him and he stood up and “went at the Selma officer with the knife,” Salinas said. “Other officers then fired their department-issued handguns at the husband, striking him several times.”
Paramedics took Platas to Adventist Medical Center-Selma, where he was pronounced dead.
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing 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.
In February, Platas was placed on 18 months “post-plea diversion” to attend anger management courses after he pleaded no contest on a 2017 domestic violence case, said Steve Wright, Fresno County assistant district attorney. To serve out his probation, he was required to have no new arrests based on probable cause that he committed a crime for 18 months, according to Fresno County Superior Court records.
In January, police responded to a domestic violence report involving Platas, who also had an assault with a deadly weapon case against him in 1999, said Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti.
There were three small children and other adults in the home at the time of the stabbing. Platas’s victim, his wife, had minor stab injuries, officials said.
Salinas said anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Mark Chapman at 559-600-8209.