Crime

Man who ran from police pulls a gun and is shot. Here’s why officers were on to him

A Fresno police sergeant shot a man who pulled a gun after a chase Wednesday, Chief Jerry Dyer said.

The suspect, identified by Dyer as Bert Harris, 36, of Fresno was shot once “through and through” in the hip.

No officers were injured.

Dyer described how the incident unfolded in the area of Shields and Maple avenues starting about 11:40 a.m.:

Officers from a police gang-enforcement unit were watching Harris at an apartment complex on East Fountain Avenue and saw what appeared to be drug sales taking place.

The officers moved in to arrest Harris and he took off on a bicycle.

The sergeant in a pickup gave chase and Harris went into an apartment complex on Shields.

The sergeant got out of his truck and ran after Harris, who reached into a pocket and pulled out a derringer handgun as he ran out of the complex. The sergeant opened fire.

Police shut down Shields between Maple and Sierra Vista Avenue, just west of Scandinavian Middle School, during their post-shooting investigation.

Police did not identify the sergeant.

Dyer said Harris is originally from Southern California and is a gang member with an extensive criminal record. He said he was wanted on a felony warrant out of Fresno for evading law enforcement.

Harris was treated at Community Regional Medical Center and police took him into custody.

The independent police auditor from City Hall also was on scene. Dyer said the sergeant was out of uniform but wearing a vest with a police star on it. The sergeant was not wearing a body camera.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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