Suspect killed by Selma cops was wanted parolee 

Fresno County authorities say the man fatally shot by police officers at a motel over the weekend was a parolee wanted for burglary and sexual assault.

The coroner on Monday identified the man as 32-year-old Clayton Cass of Exeter.

Cass was wanted by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, who alerted Selma police that he was staying at a motel in town.

The Fresno Bee reports ( that officers went to the Villager Inn Motel around 1 a.m. Sunday and ordered Cass to come out of his room. When he refused, they forced their way inside and found him with a handgun.

Police say the officers feared for their safety so they opened fire, killing the suspect.

The officers involved have been placed on paid leave pending the investigation by the Fresno County Sheriff's Department. Their names have not been released.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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