A short police chase in Fresno turned deadly after the man made the officer “fear or his life,” by brandishing a two-foot piece of a black plastic PVC pipe.

The department is blaming the imaginary war on cops.

The incident began around 5 p.m., when the officer tried to pull the still unnamed man over for a traffic violation.  The man reportedly refused to pull over, running several lights to evade the police.

Eventually, he fled from the vehicle and ran behind a shed of a home while brandishing a two-foot black PVC pipe.

Police then shot in the chest, rushing him to the hospital where he died from his injuries.  A passenger who was in his vehicle was also arrested, but it is currently unknown on what charges.

The deadly encounter marks the third officer-involved shooting in the city in five days –  which the department is blaming on increased scrutiny of police wrongdoing.

According to the Fresno Bee:

“There’s no question what’s happening across America,” (Fresno Police Chief Jerry) Dyer said. “There’s an increase in aggressiveness toward officers. We’re seeing police officers that are being shot, officers that are being assassinated.

“Certainly police officers are being very vigilant, but at the same time, I know that there’s a high level of scrutiny and criticism on the actions of officers. What we have seen this week is an increased level of aggressiveness toward officers, and when officers fear for their life, or for the life of someone else, they use deadly force, and unfortunately we’ve had three of those incidences occur in the last week. This is our sixth officer-involved shooting in the last year.”

Despite the “war on police” rhetoric that has been being used to condemn protesters and those who wish to see less violence from the thin blue line, 2015 is actually looking like it may become the safest year for police in the last 25 years.

So far, 24 cops have been shot and killed in the line of duty this year. If this rate continues, there will be 36 officers killed in shootings by the end of the year.  The only year to have less than 36 law enforcement deaths by gun violence was 2013, when only 31 were killed, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

In fact, gunfire death’s are currently down 27% from this time last year.

Meanwhile, 818 people have been killed by police since the first of the year, that we know of.

There have been 23 people sent to graves by law enforcement in September alone, only one less than the total officers killed by violence throughout the entire year.

Perhaps Chief Dyer should get his facts straight.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.