UPDATE — Multiple agencies are calling off the search for the man that barricaded himself within a Save Mart grocery store following a deputy-involved shooting investigation in northeast Fresno that started Thursday evening.
FRESNO, Calif (KMJ/FOX26) — Multiple agencies advised people to avoid the areas of River Park and a Save Mart grocery store on Friday for a deputy-involved shooting investigation that began in northeast Fresno on Thursday evening.
The search for the suspect was still going on Friday morning at the Save Mart at First and Nees.
It caused classes and extra-curricular activities afterschool to be canceled at Kastner Intermediate across the street from the market.
Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama held a news conference Friday to provide updates on the SWAT standoff at Save Mart.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, an off-duty deputy spotted a car in the River Park area by Macy’s involved in a previous burglary.
Three suspects who matched the description were also seen exiting Macy’s and getting into the car.
When more officers arrived at the scene, a man and woman ran back into the store. Those two suspects were caught and taken into custody.
A third suspect got into the car and took off.
Deputies attempted a traffic stop, the suspect began ramming vehicles and a deputy fired but it’s unknown if the suspect was hit by the gunshot.
The suspect left towards the Save Mart on First and Nees Avenues where the Fresno and Clovis Police Departments were assisting with the investigation.
The driver left his car in the shopping center at First and Nees across the street from the Save Mart and ran towards the store.
Officials surrounded the Save Mart as the suspect barricaded himself in the store.
Multiple agencies investigate an officer-involved shooting in Fresno Thursday night (Photo: KMPH Anthony Guevara)
Drones were also being used to keep an eye on him at all times, according to deputies.
Deputies say they have seen the suspect coming inside and out of the grocery store.
The sheriff’s office called in the SWAT team to help locate the man.
The Clovis Unified School District decided to delay the opening of Kastner Intermediate, which is located near the Save Mart.
The difficult decision has been made to cancel classes for today [Friday] at Kastner Intermediate School as law enforcement activity continues adjacent to the campus. While we have been assured that the incident is contained to the commercial buildings adjacent to our school, the decision to cancel school allows us to create a safe perimeter, reduce walking and vehicular traffic, and protect our students from any peripheral impact from this evolving incident.-CUSD
Lincoln Elementary School at First and Alluvial remains open.
This is a developing story.
by FOX26 News Staff/KMJ