(Press Release) The Fresno Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call at 5329 E. Huntington Avenue in Fresno around 7:45 p.m. Thursday night. While at the scene, officers learned that the suspect at the location was in violation of a restraining order. The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Salomon Razo Torres of Fresno, left prior to the officers arrival.
As two officers were standing in the driveway talking to the victim, Torres returned in his vehicle. He drove the vehicle over the curb in order to access the driveway as the patrol vehicle was blocking the driveway. Torres accelerated rapidly driving toward both officers and the female victim. As the three jumped out of the path of the vehicle one of the officers feared for his safety and fired one round striking the vehicle on the driver’s side. Torres continued down the driveway striking a swamp cooler attached to a house, and then driving between two travel trailers where the vehicle became wedged.
Torres was not able to exit the doors, so he eventually kicked out the back window, and stood on the trunk of the vehicle yelling at the officers in Spanish to shoot him while he reached in his front and rear waistband, leading officer to believe he had a weapon. Torres eventually complied with the officers commands and was taken into custody. Torres late admitted to investigators that he wanted the officers to shoot him.
Chief Dyer stated, “Our officers used incredible restraint in taking Torres into custody in spite of his attempts to get the officers to shoot him. We are grateful that no one was injured in this incident given the reckless and dangerous actions of the suspect”.
On September 28, 2011 police were called to this same location as Torres had made threats that he was going to “blow up the house” he and the victim resided in.
Torres has been booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on an officer and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.