A Fresno police officer shot and wounded a man who was coming at him with a knife Saturday morning near Parkway Drive west of Highway 99, police said.
The incident was near the intersection of Harvey and Warren avenues, behind the Parkway Drive motel row and just south of Olive Avenue.
The 54-year-old man who was shot was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he was in “good condition” with wounds that were not life-threatening, Chief Jerry Dyer said. He was identified as Felipe Daniel Silva.
Dyer described how the officer, who was not identified and apparently was not injured, came to confront Silva:
A resident called 911 at 5:45 a.m. to report that a man armed with a knife was in his yard cursing. The resident feared the man was going to enter his home.
Silva then removed a screen from a front window at the home before trying to stab one of the resident’s dogs.
He then walked away from the house and was about a block away when the officer arrived and put a spotlight on him.
A witness told police that as the officer got out of his car, Silva “advanced rapidly towards the officer … at a trot” while carrying a carving-type knife with about an 8-inch blade.
Silva was within 10 to 12 feet of the officer when the officer fired his handgun three times, each round striking the man in the “lower extremity.” Dyer said a neighbor reported the officer shouted “at least five times” for Silva to drop the knife before he advanced on the officer.
Dyer said Silva did not know the resident, although the suspect “actually lives in this neighborhood.”
Dyer said a relative of Silva’s said he had been acting strangely of late. He has some history of criminal conduct, including transportation of drugs, and has served time in prison.
A relative said he also may have been using methamphetamine recently. A toxicology test, for which results can take a month or more, will help determine whether he was under the influence.
The officer was placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine when police shoot. The officer was wearing a body camera and portions of the shooting were captured on video, Dyer said. He added that the video is only one part of the investigation.
“The body-worn camera is important,” but not everything, Dyer said.
“In this particular case, there are portions that you can see, but not all of it, unfortunately, because any time a body-worn camera is utilized, there is a tendency for it to shift when an officer makes some type of a sudden movement. … You don’t always capture the entire incident.
“You take that video, combine it with what the witnesses state (and) some of the physical evidence, and that’s what the investigators put together in terms of what transpired.”
This is the first officer-involved shooting in 2017 in Fresno. The last one was on Oct. 9.