Officer Involved Shooting Follows Apparent Double Homicide Print
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Friday, 13 April 2012 22:48

CLOVIS - Early Friday morning, Clovis Police received several calls of shots fired in the 200 block of Eighth Street. Officers arrived in moments to find two apparent homicide victims in two separate houses across the street from each other.

When officers were performing a safety check of the area, a man with a firearm confronted them. That’s when the officer involved shooting took place. The suspect was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he died about 3 hours later. No Clovis Police officers were hurt in the incident.


Police detectives discovered that the 40-year-old suspect repeatedly rang the doorbell and banged on the door of the nunnery at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. When no one answered, he entered the sanctuary and shot at the crucifix at the front of the altar. He missed, and the round went into the wall. No one there was hurt.

It was the same weapon with which the man confronted two Clovis Police officers prior to the officer involved shooting. Pathologists at the Fresno County Coroner’s Office are currently performing an autopsy on the suspect. The Coroner’s Office will be the agency releasing his identity and those of his victims.

Clovis Police detectives, the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and officers on scene are trying to piece together exactly how this happened and why. They are interviewing people living in the neighborhood and gathering evidence.

Clovis Police are not yet releasing any information regarding the victims in this tragedy. The police investigation is on-going and will likely continue through much of today.

Clovis Police detectives, the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and officers on scene are still working the case. Clovis Police continue to ask people to please avoid the area from Pollasky to Minnewawa and from Bullard to Tenth. Much of the area remains cordoned off with police tape and will until the investigation is completed.

Detectives are not looking for any other suspects in this case.