Fresno police, CDCR’s Crisis Response Team take aim at gangs
By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/PIO
Avenal State Prison
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Crisis Response Team (CRT) from Avenal State Prison and Pleasant Valley State Prison assisted in another successful coordinated effort with the Fresno Police Department’s Elite Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC).
The ASP/PVSP Crisis Response Team (CRT) Officers teamed up with Fresno Police Department (FPD), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) on June 20 and involved in two vehicle stops, turning up four illegal handguns.
During one stop, a suspect ran down two blocks, jumping two sets of six-foot high fences. Quick response from other MAGEC units helped catch the suspect, leading to the confiscation of two loaded handguns found in the gang member’s possession.
On a subsequent stop, a gang member on a bicycle was contacted by the MAGEC team and he took flight down two blocks along the railroad tracks. The suspect was apprehended and was found to be wanted for an AB 109 violation. This suspect was armed with a small semi-automatic handgun.
Both suspects were violent and active Fresno gang members.
A fourth firearm was found during a stop in a known gang area during a party. A subsequent search of the area resulted in a .38 revolver being recovered and taken off the street.
Fresno Police are doing an amazing job in their fight against crime, according to CDCR members who took part in the effort.
Chief Jerry P. Dyer of the Fresno Police sent his gratitude to the ASP/PVSP CRT team.
ASP/PVSP CRT staff said, “Thanks to the Fresno MAGEC team for inviting us to work with them alongside the other agencies. Special thanks to ASP Warden Carl Wofford and PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim along with their administrative staff for their continued support in our efforts to help make the communities safe.”