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CHP officer fatally shoots suspect in Fresno County

A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a man who fought the officer after allegedly stealing a dump truck in Fresno County on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. in a citrus grove at Clovis and Malaga avenues, southeast of Malaga.

The dead man had not been identified as of Thursday afternoon, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said.

The 33-year-old officer, who was not identified, suffered moderate injuries, the CHP said.

The CHP said it received a report Thursday morning from a business owner that a dump truck had been stolen. The man stole the truck as it was warming up at the Fresno Truck Center at 2727 E. Central Ave., said Craig Hamby, the company's inventory manager.

Hamby said he started the engines of two trucks about 7 a.m.

He returned a short time later to find one truck missing. Another employee driving to work saw the truck eastbound on Central Avenue, Hamby said.

The CHP officer located the dump truck in the grove, but the suspect was not in the vehicle.

As he checked out the truck, the suspect emerged from the orchard. A fight began that lasted for several moments before the officer pulled out his handgun and shot the suspect, the CHP said.

The officer, who has worked for the CHP for seven years, was placed on administrative leave with pay, standard procedure while an investigation is under way, said CHP officer Matt Radke.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting.

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