Officer kills young attacker at Roosevelt High
By Pablo Lopez / The Fresno Bee
2:13 p.m.: Adriana Sanchez, 19, said her sister, Angelica, a freshman at Roosevelt, was with the teenage attacker when the incident occurred.
"It was her best friend," Adriana Sanchez said.
Adriana said her sister was safe in the school gynmasium.
Police said the attacker was 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds.
The resource officer, identified by students as Junus Perry, is 38 and has been at the school for three years.
1:55 p.m.: Five students saw all or part of the attack and shooting, Dyer said. They are being questioned by police.
The officer sustained a two-inch gash on his head. He was taken to Community Medical Center for treatment.
Dyer said no students appeared to be in danger.
1:48 p.m.: The attacker, identified as a 17-year-old sophomore at Roosevelt High, was shot once by the officer, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference outside the school.
The officer, described as a 10-year veteran of the Fresno force, was struck on the side of the head with a baseball bat, Dyer said. The bat was broken off at the handle, and the exposed end was covered with electrician's tape.
"It was obvious this bat had been modified to be a club or a weapon," Dyer said.
Dyer said the attack occurred just outside the resource officer's office. The officer fell backward from the blow, and the magazine of his primary handgun fell out as he hit the ground.
The student attacker approached the dazed officer, who then pulled out another weapon, attached to his ankle, and fired.
"Fortunately, this officer has a secondary weapon, and in this case, the weapon probably saved his life," Dyer said.
1:22 p.m.: A Fresno police officer who works at Roosevelt High School shot and killed a boy today who struck him in the back of the head with a baseball bat.
The incident occurred at 11:54 a.m. on the east side of Roosevelt High School campus near the basketball courts.
The school remained on lockdown until further notice as of 1:10 p.m., said a message over the school's intercom.
The officer, who was identified by students as Junus Perry, is employed by the police department as the school's resource officer, students said. Gardy Zuniga, 18, a senior at Roosevelt High, said her mother, resource teacher Adela Haro, watched the scene unfold from 10 feet away.
"She was walking her students back to class when she saw a boy push the officer and the officer shot the boy and the boy died at the scene," Zuniga said, retelling her mother's story. Zuniga said the boy had been in trouble recently. She said the boy was also armed with a gun.
Darius Bigby, 17, a Roosevelt senior, said a girl accompanying the boy had a baseball bat.
"When I heard the shooting I ran," Bigby said while waiting off campus.
Parents began arriving at the school shortly after noon.
One mother, Helen Mata, said her daughter, Racquel, said she did not see the shooting but called her mother.
"She said 'I'm OK, but come and get me," Helen Mata said.
1:15 p.m.: A news conference with Police Chief Jerry Dyer is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
1:08 p.m.: A Fresno police officer who works at Roosevelt High School shot and killed a boy Wednesday who struck him in the back of the head with a baseball bat.
The incident occurred at 11:54 a.m. at the Roosevelt High School campus.
The boy with the baseball bat, identified as a student, was shot and killed by the Fresno officer.
The officer, who was identified by the last name of Perry, is employed by the police department as the school's resource officer, students said.
12:10 p.m.: Fresno police and fire departments are responding to a report of a shooting at Roosevelt High School in southeast Fresno.
Details are sketchy, but Ken Shockley, public information officer for the Fire Department, said the initial report indicates there are two shooting victims at the school at Cedar and Tulare avenues.
The report came in shortly before noon.