Crime

Video shot from neighbor’s house captures deputy shooting at man holding a knife

A man at a nearby house recorded video Friday of a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy shooting a man holding a knife.

The incident occurred at a home on the 3400 block of Circle Court East in a central Fresno county island.

Visalia resident Ben Maldonado, who was in the area with his family to visit a friend, said he started recording video upon hearing officers shouting outside.

On the video, Maldonado and those near him seem to express shock and anger after seeing and hearing multiple shots fired at the man, who eventually ends up on the ground.

Maldonado said he believes the man was shot 4-5 times.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the man apparently made advancements toward the deputy while holding the knife and the deputy felt threatened.

The deputy had repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife, which Maldonado also confirmed. But the man refused.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is considered in stable condition, Botti said.

Bryant-Jon Anteola: 559-441-6362, @Banteola_TheBee
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