Tuesday , February 20 2024

Suspect In Custody After Shooting Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy

A Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy is in surgery after being shot in the Fresno County foothills. The suspect is in custody. At around 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, 49-year-old deputy John Erickson had responded to a call of shots fired in the Tollhouse area, said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “When deputies arrived on scene, they started taking fire from what they described as rifle shots,” she said. “I couldn’t even count how many hit the windshield and side of that pickup.” A bullet struck the back of Erickson’s leg and broke his femur, and Mims said he had to hide behind bushes for nearly an hour before deputies found him and carried him hundreds of feet to meet a rescue helicopter. The violence arose out of a dispute over a property line, which Mims said deputies had responded to at this address in the past. The suspect reportedly had multiple weapons and was shooting from a makeshift shed, where he enclosed himself while on the
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