FRESNO, Calif.—A carjacking rampage in Fresno left one person dead and four others injured before an off-duty correctional officer shot and killed the suspect, police said Friday.

The incident began around 5:45 p.m. Thursday when Joshua Lewis, a 21-year-old member of the Eastside Fresno Bulldogs street gang, was involved in a two-car collision in the center of town, Fresno police Sgt. Jaime Rios said.

After the collision, Lewis got out of the vehicle, leaving two injured passengers behind, and carjacked a woman. Lewis ordered the woman to take him to a nearby home where he had been living, and the woman escaped.

Returning to the street, Lewis then fired a handgun indiscriminately, critically wounding the driver of a minivan and killing the driver of a pickup truck and wounding his wife, Rios said. Fresno County Coroner's office identified the man who died as 65-year-old Nhia Lee.

Lewis continued the rampage by shooting the hood of a passing SUV, causing the 19-year-old driver to flee on foot with his 5-year-old brother.

The shooting caught the attention of a correctional officer, who approached the SUV, drew his weapon and shot the gunman as he drove away. Lewis went about six miles before crashing into a ditch at the edge of town. He tried to walk away, but collapsed and died, Rios said.

Lewis' motive may never been known because he is dead, Rios said.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer praised the correctional officer's actions, saying he may have saved lives.


"Fortunately for his courageous efforts, that suspect was no longer able to victimize people in the community," he told the Fresno Bee.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,