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Police identify man shot, killed after attacking police detective at Fresno PD headquarters

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – New details are emerging about the man who was shot and killed after Fresno police said they entered a secure headquarters building and attacked a detective.

Police have identified the suspect as 24-year-old Joseph Roy.

“We still do not know why he did that,” Lt. Bill Dooley told a news conference Wednesday morning.

The Fresno Police Department is working to create a timeline that helps explain why Roy attacked a detective.

Earlier Tuesday, Roy appeared in Fresno County Courthouse to be convicted of assault where he used a “blunt object” to injure a man last year.

Roy had agreed not to challenge the attack with means that were likely to cause major bodily harm.

In return, there would be no jail time or jail time, but possible GPS tracking.

He was also asked to complete alcohol and anger management treatment and was not allowed to carry a weapon.

If he completed all this, and stayed away from problems, the sentence would be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor after one year.

Judicial sources say the sentence was postponed after Roy’s lawyer expressed concern that Roy did not fully understand the process.

“There was a time when he left the courthouse and when our detective was attacked,” said Lt. Dooley.

Investigators do not say how long it was before Roy entered the Branch building.

Photographs of the detective’s wounds show a wound on the top of his head and a cut on the side of his face.

Officials say the detective also had a concussion.

He has since been released from the hospital.

Fresno police say the department has had four contacts with Roy in the past.

He was arrested for a crime in 2018 and 2021 and, in two different cases, was placed in mental health custody.

Officials say the detective who was attacked had never been assigned to Roy’s case and had never had previous contact with him.

“As far as we can tell. This is a random attack on our detective, but we are still trying to put it together and figure out why.” said Lieutenant Bill Dooley.

Investigators say they are still trying to determine how the suspect entered the Branch building.

Police say you must have a key to enter any door, including one accessible to the public on Fresno Street.

Until they understand how the suspect entered, they have placed an officer at the public entrance for an extra level of security.

“This is the most aggressive step we can take at this point other than closing the whole building, which we are not going to do,” said Lt. Dooley.

We tried to stop at known addresses of the suspect to try to talk to family members, but they did not want to talk.

Roy’s lawyer also declined to comment.

Investigators are looking at the surveillance video to see how the suspect got in, they say there are no cameras inside the branch building, so they will rely on external cameras to help them assemble it.

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