A man was booked into the Fresno County Jail on Monday after Huron police shot him when he used his partially cuffed hand as a weapon, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
Huron police were called just before 9 p.m. Monday to a home on Fifth Street where a man told them Tomas Ruiz Ortiz, 25, was in the garage with knife threatening to fight him.
According to the sheriff’s office, officers found Ruiz to be combative and asked the CHP and Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies to assist.
One of the Huron officers was able to cuff Ruiz’s right hand, but he broke free of the officer’s hold and began swinging the other handcuff at the officer, trying to hit him. The officer then fired one round, grazing Ruiz in the face, the sheriff’s office said. Ruiz continued to be combative, even after a stun gun was used. Ruiz was restrained only after Fresno County deputies and CHP officers arrived.
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The Huron Police Department requested that Fresno County sheriff’s detectives take over the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.