Fresno Police say 24-year-old Joseph Roy entered the Fresno Police Department annex on Fresno and N Street just before noon on Tuesday.
UPDATING: @FresnoPolice have identified the man accused of assaulting a detective yesterday in the annex at police headquarters as Joseph Roy, 24. Officials say Roy attended a court hearing before he was shot and killed. It was related to an attack with a deadly weapon in 2021. @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/xJIbnxxoNg
— Jessica Harrington (@JessicaABC30) March 30, 2022
Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said Roy entered the detective’s office and repeatedly hit him with a sharp object.
Officials say it’s unclear if Roy used a knife or something from the detective’s desk, but the officer suffered cuts to his head and neck and suffered a concussion.
“Monitors have been thrown everywhere. It was an obvious fight between the suspect and the officer,” Balderrama said.
The detective eventually shot Roy at least once, and he died while he was still in the building.
Investigators say Roy attended a court hearing before the attack for a deadly weapon attack that occurred in June 2021.
Police say the detective was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released.
A motive for the attack is still unknown, officials said Wednesday.
Police are still trying to figure out how Roy got in.
“It’s not a building that anyone can just walk in. We have motorized gates, you have to know the gate access to get to the parking lot and every entrance to the building is magnetized, so you need to have a key fob to access it.” get,” said Balderrama.
Chief Balderrama says the department will review the surveillance video to see if it shows Roy getting in and then make any necessary changes going forward.
“It’s something that really disturbs me to find out that a person with bad intentions can go into police headquarters and harm one of my police officers, so we definitely plan to get to the bottom of that,” Balderrama .
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Independent Review will be on hand to investigate the incident.
Several people who work in this building were moved while detectives processed the crime scene.
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