A man is in the hospital and will face charges after pointing a replica gun at a police officer and another man in southwest Fresno Saturday night, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Steve Sengourynga, 35, allegedly pointed the gun first at the back of a man’s neck, telling him he was going to kill him. Dyer said Sengourynga knew the victim, but a motive was not known. When Sengourynga’s father intervened, police said Sengourynga placed the gun into his waistband, picked up a duffel bag, and set off on foot.
Multiple calls then came in to police about a suspicious man with a duffel bag and a gun in an apartment complex near Lee and California avenues, but when officers tried to approach Sengourynga, he ran down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard toward an officer who was driving slowly southbound.
Police said Sengourynga approached the officer on the driver’s side of his vehicle and pointed the gun at him. The officer pulled out his gun and shot at Sengourynga through the windshield as he walked in front of his car, grazing him in the head. Sengrourynga dropped the gun and fled, but officers were able to take him into custody a short time later.
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Dyer said Sengourynga is a gang member with an extensive criminal history including terrorist threats, robbery and weapons violations.
He is recovering at Community Regional Medical Center, but will be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon among other charges.
The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave and there will be an investigation, which is customary, said Dyer.
This is the seventh shooting involving a Fresno police officer in 2016, compared with nine in all of 2015.