Man killed by Fresno detective had appeared in court that day

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A man shot and killed Tuesday after allegedly assaulting a detective in Fresno had appeared in court that morning for a hearing, Fresno County court records show.

Fresno’s Joseph Roy entered Fresno Police Department headquarters sometime before 11:45 a.m. and assaulted a second-floor detective, beating him with a “sharp object,” police officials said. The detective pulled out his firearm and shot Roy, 24, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The detective was not involved in Roy’s case, Fresno police said Wednesday.

“We know this for sure: there is no connection between the detective who was attacked and Mr. Roy,” Lieutenant William Dooley said at a news conference. “They have never been in contact. The detective has never worked… [Roy’s] cases.”

Officials did not say which unit the detective was assigned to.

The detective, who was identified only as a 24-year veteran of the police force, had been released from the hospital; photos released by police on Wednesday showed multiple lacerations to the right side of his head and face.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s office is investigating Roy’s shooting by the detective.

Roy had been arrested on suspicion of felony charges in 2018 and 2021 and had also been placed in mental health twice, Dooley said. The lieutenant gave no reason behind the holds.

Roy pleaded guilty last month to a charge of assault with substances likely to cause grievous bodily harm, and he appeared in Fresno County Superior Court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing.

That charge, in addition to one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, stemmed from a June 2021 incident, according to court records.

A judge postponed Roy’s sentencing until April 12, granting a defense motion filed “for the defendant’s inability to respond,” court records show. Roy was released on bail after the hearing.

Blaine Sullivan, a public defender who represented Roy on Tuesday, declined to comment.

Roy had received up to four years in prison for the charges, according to the Fresno County District Attorney’s office.

“However, the Court’s stated sentence was probation with the possibility of getting a reduced sentence,” Taylor Long, Dist’s chief of staff. atty. Lisa Smittcamp, wrote in an email to The Times.

Investigators do not know how or why Roy traveled to the police station or how he entered the building.

“Some time passed between the time he left the courthouse and the time our detective was attacked,” Dooley said. “We don’t know exactly what happened during that time.”

The lieutenant said investigators questioned family members and witnesses and viewed surveillance footage to put together a timeline and motive.

After Tuesday’s incident, the department stepped up security at the building and assigned an officer to a public door, Dooley said.

It was not clear whether Roy entered through that door or through another, non-public entrance behind secure gates. Members of the public must be escorted into the building, Dooley said.

Fresno police officers do not carry body cameras and there are no internal surveillance cameras at headquarters, Dooley said.

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