Man killed in officer-involved shooting was holding replica gun, police say

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A newly released body-cam photo shows a man pointing a replica firearm at an officer in the moments leading up to an officer-involved shooting earlier this week, according to the Fresno Police Department.

On Thursday, officers said they were called out to Cortland and Crystal avenues after it was reported that Austin Flores, 27, had broken a restraining order by showing up at a home in the area.

When officers arrived, they reported finding him holding what they believed to be a gun. A short time later, officials say Flores began to charge at officers, forcing them to open fire on him.