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On Tuesday evening Michael Sanchez opened fire at police officers when two good Samaritans intervened to assist police in capturing the suspect.
Around 5:30 pm on Tuesday police officers attempted to stop a Nissan that was speeding in downtown Fresno. The vehicle fled and ultimately crashed near the intersection of East Grant Ave and North Valeria Street.
After the wreck the driver and passenger both attempted to flee the scene. Police were able to see that the driver was armed with a sawed off shotgun.
The driver, Michael Sanchez, opened fire forcing police officers to take cover and return fire as well.
“As the driver began running from the officers, he turned and began firing at officers. Fearing for their safety, the officers returned fire,”
– Fresno Police Captain Joey Alvarez
The suspect attempted to flee when a legally armed citizen stepped in to help the police. The good Samaritan shot the suspect who dropped to the ground and then got back up and continued to run.
The suspect went to a nearby apartment complex where he attempted to break into a home. At that point a second good Samaritan stepped in and tackled the suspect to the ground, keeping him there until police arrived and were able to take the suspect into custody.
Fortunately no officer or citizen was injured during the incident.
Michael Sanchez was taken to a nearby hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest. He is reportedly in stable conditon.
Sanchez is a known gang member in the area. He is being charged with attempted murder of a police officer and felon in possession of a firearm.
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