The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Homar Alonso Cardenas, 30, is the man who was shot by police at Simonian Farms southeast of Fresno Sunday after he crashed into several patrol cars in an effort to get away.
Police officers shot Cardenas when an officer was injured as Cardenas apparently backed his car into two patrol cars.
It started when officers went to the area of Backer and Florence avenues about midnight Sunday for a report of a suspicious vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
When officers found a car that matched the description, that same car then sped off. It was Cardenas, the sheriff’s office said.
A police helicopter joined in the search. Officers then learned Cardenas was in the area of Highway 99 and Clovis Avenue, driving through a field. Around 1:30 a.m., officers tried to surround him using their their own vehicles, but Cardenas backed up and ran into two patrol cars, injuring an officer. He and his vehicle were hit by bullets, the sheriff’s office said.
There was nobody else in the car.
Officers on scene rendered aid to Cardenas as an ambulance arrived. He was listed in stable condition at Community Regional Medical Center Monday.
The sheriff’s offices said Cardenas was charged with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Jail staff are guarding him as he recovers in the hospital. The sheriff’s office is handling the investigation, but the Fresno Police Department is also conducting its own administrative investigation.