Fresno Cops Kill Armed Man Fleeing Meth Bust

Undercover Fresno, California, narcotic officers shot and killed a man in nearby Sanger Thursday after he first displayed a weapon, then attempted to run away in a drug bust gone bad. Noel Torres, 22, becomes the 16th person to be killed in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Citing police sources, KSEE 24 TV News reported that the Fresno Police Major Narcotics Unit had arranged for an undercover informant to buy two pounds of methamphetamine from a man in a shopping center parking lot, and things went south once the deal went down.

The man had arrived in a vehicle with two other men, but pulled a gun as undercover officers moved in to make the arrest.

"Once the transaction was complete, undercover officers converged in an attempt to detain the three suspects, when one of the suspects produced a firearm in his hand," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

Dyer said the officers yelled at the man to drop his weapon, but he didn't and instead tried to flee on foot. He was shot by two officers as he ran and died shortly after at a nearby hospital. Three officers fired their weapons and are now on paid administrative leave while the investigation is underway.

The shooting is being investigated by the Fresno County Sheriff's Department, but comments by Sheriff Margaret Mims to KFSN TV News suggest it will be little more than a formality.

"In this case, the suspect made a bad choice," said Sheriff Mims. "He got out of the vehicle, he was in fact armed and the officers feared for their own safety and took action."

It is unclear whether the dead man was trying to rip off the drug-buying informant, thought he was about to get ripped-off himself as men in plain clothes moved in, or was trying to avoid being arrested.

The shooting took place in front of a crowded McDonald's restaurant. Investigators are interviewing some 80 potential witnesses. Alina Silva was one.

"We saw cops running and shooting and everybody was ducked down and then next thing you know, they shot a guy over there," she told KSEE TV 24 News.

Sanger, CA
United States
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drug bust insanity

The cops should receive high praise for setting up a 2lb. meth deal in front of a McDonalds . Cops freely admit that " drug suspects " are sometimes armed . Wonder how this would`ve gone over in the community had a gunfight broke out and some Happy Meal eating kids had gotten whacked ? Just more proof of the moral bankruptcy that is known as the " drug war ".

Good Point

The police argue that drug suspects are dangerous. Disregard for public safety seems obvious here.

 

Of course, the war on drugs is an existential disregard for public safety. Prohibition creates a climate where violence flourishes. 

chemicals

They need to leaglize it and control it like tobacco or alcohol and they would end the REAL GREEDY CARTELS that are making and selling duplicated marijuna as a herbal spice or incense and these chemicals are not healthy like the Real THC is, These cartels are making BILLIONS selling it all over the country. cezar

 

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