Crime

Man shot, killed by deputy identified

The man who was fatally shot by a Fresno County sheriff's deputy south of Fresno on Saturday night has been identified as Sergio Rosas, 41, the Coroner's Office said Monday.

Rosas was shot when he confronted the deputy with a knife at Cedar and Central avenues, said Chris Curtice, Fresno County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

The deputy responded shortly after 10 p.m. to a 911 hang-up call made near the intersection, Curtice said. Curtice described what happened next:

A resident directed the deputy to a 1993 Chevrolet on a dirt road southwest of the intersection with one person inside.

When the officer approached the vehicle, Rosas emerged with a knife and yelled, "You're gonna have to kill me!" and advanced toward the deputy. The deputy used his department handgun to fire several shots, at least one of which hit Rosas.

After the shooting, the deputy administered CPR to Rosas. Responding emergency personnel continued CPR upon arriving.

Their efforts failed, and Rosas died at the scene.

The deputy, whose name was not made public, was placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting.

Family members reached Monday said they did not know what happened at the scene.

"It's a very big shock right now," said Marie Sustaita, 28, who said Rosas was her stepfather.

She said Rosas was killed on a farm where he has worked as a labor contractor for almost 15 years.

His wife lived with Rosas near where the shooting took place but could not bring herself to talk about what happened Monday.

"He was a good father," Sustaita said. "My family loved him and cared about him. He was the best of the best. He'll be missed, and we're thinking of him."

Curtice said it was the department's first officer-involved shooting this year.

Sheriff's homicide detectives, along with investigators from the District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.

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