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Fresno Police Fatally Shoot Armed Man at Vinland Park

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A man was fatally shot by Fresno police in a park on Saturday night after officers say he approached them while holding a gun. (GV Wire Composite)
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A man was fatally shot by Fresno police in a park on Saturday night after officers say he approached them while holding a gun.

Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said four officers responded to a call at around 8:35 p.m. of a man waving a gun near the bathrooms at Vinland Park.

Balderrama told The Fresno Bee that police arrived about 10 minutes later and located a man in his 30s, who was walking away. They repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon, Balderrama said, without specifying the type of firearm.

“The suspect turned around and began walking at the officers in an aggressive manner. He did not put the gun down,” the police chief said. Two officers then shot the man several times, Balderrama said.

Investigators will review footage from the officers’ body cameras, he said. This was the sixth officer-involved shooting in Fresno this year.

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