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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Man fatally shot by Selma police was wanted parolee

1-23-2012 California:

The man fatally shot by Selma police at a motel early Sunday morning was a wanted parolee who had been trying to avoid arrest for four months, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office identified the dead man as Clayton Monroe Cass, 32, of Exeter.

Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said Monday that Cass was shot by two Selma officers as they were trying to arrest him at the Villager Inn Motel, 1765 Young St. in Selma.

Cass was wanted on warrants for burglary and sexual assault. He also had been involved recently in a high-speed vehicle pursuit with other law enforcement agencies. Cass had been staying at the Villager Inn Motel, Curtice said in a news release.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department had alerted Selma police shortly after midnight that Cass was at the motel.

About 1 a.m., the Selma officers spotted Cass inside one of the motel rooms and ordered him to come out. He refused, and officers eventually forced their way into the room, where Cass confronted them with a handgun, the release said.

Fearing for their safety, the two Selma officers fired their handguns, hitting Cass, who died at the scene.

The Selma officers, whose names were not made public, are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such shootings. No officers were injured, Curtice said.

Fresno County sheriff's homicide detectives are handling the investigation at the request of Selma police. ..Source.. by Robert Rodriguez and BoNhia Lee

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