Two separate shootings, including one that occurred while a Fresno State football game was being played across the street back on Saturday, has led to the arrest of a 37-year-old man.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer gave out details on Tuesday regarding arrested suspect Souban Soyinthisane, who was first taken into custody by Fresno Police officers on Sunday night.
The details include Soyinthisane’s involvement in firing off 36 rounds at three different locations around Bulldog Stadium during the football game on Saturday night. The bullets were fired skyward approximately 30 minutes after the opening kickoff of the Fresno State-San Jose State game at Bulldog Stadium, which is located on the cross streets of Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane.
“The gunshots posed a danger to the public and officers, but no one was hurt,” Dyer said.
On Sunday, around 11 p.m., officers spotted a Mercedes near Olive and Chestnut Avenues in South Fresno, which led Fresno police officers to believe that it was the same car used to escape from the Saturday night shootout outside Bulldog Stadium.
“The driver sped away, and then stopped at Cedar and Shields Avenues,” Dyer said. “When the officer pulled behind the car, Soyinthisane took off and led officers on a chase that lasted about two miles.”
That was when Soyinthisane started to retaliate towards the officers.
“Soyinthisane then pulled into a parking lot on the corner of Cedar and Shields, leaned out the driver’s side window, pointed a handgun at officers and fired 3 to 5 rounds at them on two separate occasions,” Dyer added.
Dyer confirmed that no officers were hit when the bullets were sprayed. The vehicle entered Highway 168 on McKinley Avenue and then hit eastbound on Highway 180, while traveling at speeds of 120 miles per hour. The car crashed into a center divide, where the officers took Soyinthisane into custody. He was even wearing a bulletproof vest when he was apprehended by the authorities.
Several weapons and ammunition were discovered in the Mercedes vehicle, including a 9mm handgun and a rifle. Dyer also says that the suspect has a history of methamphetamine and marijuana use. Police believe that Soyinthisane was high on both drugs during the shootout and high-speed chase. Toxicology tests are currently pending.
He has been booked into Fresno County Jail on several charges, which include two counts of attempted murder on a police officer.
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