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Vehicle pursued by deputies crashes into fence at Fresno airport, suspect later dies

Emergency personnel tend to a man who was driving a vehicle that crashed into a fence at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Authorities said the vehicle was being pursued by Fresno County sheriff’s deputies.
Emergency personnel tend to a man who was driving a vehicle that crashed into a fence at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Authorities said the vehicle was being pursued by Fresno County sheriff’s deputies. jguy@fresnobee.com

A vehicle pursuit by a Fresno County sheriff’s deputy early Monday ended at Fresno Yosemite International Airport after the suspect crashed into a fence.

The suspect was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he died in surgery, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.

The man was identified as 39-year-old Jose Campana Ontiveros. He is from Mexico but has been staying in Fresno, Botti said.

Botti recounted the morning’s events:

Just before 6:30 a.m., a woman reported that her former boyfriend, Campana Ontiveros, assaulted her and shot at her at her workplace on Manning Avenue at Highway 99 in Fowler. The woman wasn’t hurt, and Campana Ontiveros drove off before Fowler police arrived.

Around 7:15, a deputy spotted Campana Ontiveros’ car near Yale and Chestnut avenues in southeast Fresno, and Campana Ontiveros sped away with the deputy in pursuit. The deputy saw Campana Ontiveros throw a gun out of the car on Yale. Campana Ontiveros reached speeds of about 75 mph before crashing into the fence at Clinton and Ashley avenues near the airport tower.

The gun was reported stolen.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867).

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