FRESNO, Calif. — An officer shot and killed a parolee on Monday after he stabbed a woman to death while officers were just outside his door, police said.
Two Fresno police officers responded to a domestic-violence call midday at the apartment, when Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the officers heard the woman inside screaming as they approached the door. A 3-year-old child had been thrown out the front window, but the child was unhurt, police said.
When they knocked, the suspect, later identified as 47-year-old Michael Reams, threatened to kill the woman. A few second later, he told officers, "It's too late," Dyer said, prompting officers to kick open the door.
Inside, they found the woman, identified as 45-year-old Cindy Raygoza, with multiple stab wounds to her chest lying in the living room, and Dyer said the man was shot during an ensuing confrontation. Police said they believe the two were romantically involved in the past, and investigators found a bloody butcher knife with a 10-inch bent blade.
The suspect had spent 12 years in state prison and was on parole for a conviction on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, The Fresno Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1re687b). Officers had been to the apartment before in February and arrested another man on domestic-violence charges involving the same woman.
The officer who opened fire, killing Reams, is a veteran on the force. Dyer said he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome to the investigation.
"What he just went through was extremely traumatic," Dyer told the newspaper. "Unfortunately, within less than a minute of when officers arrived, this female was dead."
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com