A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy fired several shots at a car that accelerated toward him following a chase through Fresno on Monday night, the Sheriff’s Office said. Neither the deputy nor the car’s driver was injured.
Because the shooting occurred in the city of Fresno, the Fresno Police Department will investigate the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said. On Tuesday, Fresno police identified the driver as David Allen Hamilton, 25, of Fresno.
Police on Tuesday gave a description of what happened:
At 11:25 p.m., the deputy tried to pull over a 1995 Acura for expired registration at Marks and Princeton avenues west of Highway 99. The driver failed to comply and a chase began. After a several-minutes-long chase on city streets, a field and Highway 99, Hamilton intentionally spun his car around on the southbound Clinton Avenue offramp to face the deputy’s patrol truck.
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The deputy got out of his patrol car and was ordering Hamilton to stop his car when Hamilton accelerated toward the deputy, who fired several rounds that hit the car, causing Hamilton to swerve. The deputy jumped back into his truck as the Acura missed him by about two feet.
Hamilton drove off on Parkway Drive, followed by a California Highway Patrol helicopter. He stopped at Dayton and Valentine avenues and was arrested.
Hamilton was not struck by the deputy’s gunfire, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Police said Hamilton was booked into Fresno County Jail and will faces charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evading, possession of methamphetamine and probation violation.