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Police: Suspect in stabbing attacks Fresno officer, who shoots and kills him

Officer-involved shooting in central Fresno leaves suspect dead

Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer explains what happened when a man with a knife attacked a family member, then tried to attack a police officer. The officer shot and killed the suspect.
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Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer explains what happened when a man with a knife attacked a family member, then tried to attack a police officer. The officer shot and killed the suspect.

Fresno police shot and killed a man who broke into a home and repeatedly stabbed a relative early Sunday in central Fresno, Chief Jerry Dyer said. The officer reportedly fired after he also was attacked while rendering aid to the victim.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. on the 4600 block of North Fisher Avenue, near First Street and Gettysburg Avenue. Dyer said the suspect, identified Monday as Krikor Ekizian, 28, was a nephew of the victim. The 58-year-old male victim is in critical-but-stable condition after the attack.

The officer fired four rounds at the suspect after he was struck in the face and the incident was captured on the officer’s body camera, according to police. The names of the suspect, the victim and officer have not been released.

Police were sent to the neighborhood after a woman called 911 and reported that a prowler had entered her home, possibly through a window. The woman told officers she went into her kitchen and saw a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The man fled but left behind a kitchen knife on a countertop. The woman told officers that the man was possibly armed.

Dyer said police then received a second 911 call that a man who lived two doors away had been injured. Officers found the victim standing in front of a neighbor’s home, where he fled after being stabbed multiple times — three times in the chest, twice in the back and once in the chin.

The chief said that as the officer was trying to help the victim, the “suspect appeared and struck the officer in the face.

“The officer, fearing for this safety,” and believing the suspect was armed with a knife, fired the four rounds, fatally wounding the suspect, Dyer said.

The chief said the victim was attacked in his home, possibly in his bedroom, with a knife the suspect apparently obtained in the victim’s kitchen cabinet. There is a great deal of blood in the home, he said.

Dyer said the suspect had been repeatedly arrested by police and had a “history of aggression and violence, even with his family.” He served time in prison and had assaulted a correctional officer and a police officer.

Dyer said officers found cigarette lighters and a possible methamphetamine pipe in the suspect’s clothing. Officers learned that the suspect was not allowed to live in his uncle’s home but was allowed to come to the home to eat. He may have lived in the nearby Rotary Sports Center park on Gettysburg Avenue.

Officers think the suspect may have entered the first home by mistake, under the impression that it was his uncle’s home.

The officer, an eight-year veteran of the department, was not seriously injured in the attack. He was placed on paid administrative leave, a routine procedure while the shooting is investigated.

This was the eighth officer-involved shooting this year. There were seven last year at this time.

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