Fresno man who assaulted a detective at police headquarters faced charges that morning: Police

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Fresno police identified the suspect who was shot and killed by a detective after he broke into his office and allegedly assaulted him on Tuesday as Joseph Roy, a 24-year-old man who appeared in court that morning on charges of assault with a fatality weapon and attack with substances that can cause serious bodily injury.

Roy reportedly used a “sharp object” and cut at the detective, who then used his service weapon to shoot and kill Roy.

The 24-year-old had pleaded guilty to assault with possible grievous bodily harm in a separate case and was due to be sentenced Tuesday morning, but the hearing was postponed to April 12, a prosecutor’s office said. † In that case, Roy attacked a man with a “blunt object” on June 17, 2021, according to the indictment document.

Joseph Roy, 24, was shot dead on Tuesday after an attack on a Fresno police detective, authorities said.
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After the Fresno County courthouse hearing on Tuesday morning, Roy made his way to the Fresno Police Department headquarters, about a block away, and broke in shortly before noon, according to police.

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“During the attack, Mr. Roy grabbed some sort of sharp object and started stabbing it in the side of the detective’s head and neck,” Lieutenant Bill Dooley said Wednesday.

“Our detective grabbed his service weapon, fired, and ended the attack.”

Roy reportedly broke into the Fresno City Hall annex, which police use as their headquarters, after his hearing on Tuesday.

Roy reportedly broke into the Fresno City Hall annex, which police use as their headquarters, after his hearing on Tuesday.
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The detective, a 24-year-old force veteran who has not been identified, suffered cuts to his head and neck.

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He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is now recovering at home with his family, Dooley said.

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Aside from the June 2021 attack, Roy was also arrested in 2018 on a felony charge but was never convicted. Fresno police have been in contact with him twice in recent years, where he was placed in a mental health facility.

“We still don’t know why he did this. We haven’t determined what motivated him to target the Fresno department specifically, our outhouse specifically, and that detective specifically,” Dooley said. “As far as we can tell, this was a random attack on our detective.”

Roy’s court-appointed attorney declined to comment on Wednesday.

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