(Press Release) Fresno County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are currently investigating the officer involved shooting by Selma Police officers that occurred early Sunday morning.
Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office contacted Selma Police Department and requested their officers attempt to arrest a wanted parolee at a motel in the City of Selma.
The wanted parolee was identified by the Tulare County SO as 32-year-old Clayton Monroe Cass of Exeter who, in addition to being a wanted parolee, was wanted on felony warrants for burglary and sexual assault. He had also recently been involved in high speed vehicle pursuits with other law enforcement agencies while trying to avoid arrest. Cass had reportedly been on the run for four months and was currently staying at the Villager Motel on Young Street in Selma.
Shortly before 1:00 am, several Selma PD officers responded to the motel and learned that Cass was in fact, staying in one of the rooms.
As officers knocked on the door, they could see Cass through the window. Cass was ordered several times by officers to exit the motel room but he refused. Eventually, officers forced their way into the motel room and confronted Cass who was now armed with a handgun. Fearing for their own lives, two Selma officers fired their handguns at Cass. He was struck and died at the scene as a result of the shooting.
No officers were injured during the shooting.
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives responded to the scene after a request by Selma Police to handle the shooting investigation.
The identities of the two officers have not been released at this time. According to the Selma Police Department, both are currently on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure.