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Roosevelt High School Student Shot and Killed

Thursday, April 17, 2008
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A Roosevelt High School sophomore has been shot and killed by the school's police officer.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the shooting happened shortly before noon Wednesday on campus. Dyer says the 17 year old, identified by family members as Jesse Carrizales, attacked the officer, later identified as Junus Perry, with a modified bat, leaving him seriously injured.

Perry was treated at Community Regional Medical Center and released just before 5pm. According to Dyer, the officer managed to reach for his gun to protect himself but the clip fell out. Dyer says the officer reached for a second weapon he kept in an ankle holster and fired one shot at the student, killing him.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "In speaking with the officer that was involved in the incident, there is no recollection on his part of him having any type of dealing with this student on a negative basis. And, uh, he wasn't really familiar with who the student was. Um, it doesn't appear that, at least based on what we have found at this point in time, uh, that there any type of confrontation that had occurred prior to this, with the officer."

School officials said classes will continue Thursday as scheduled.

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