Fresno deputy shot be­fore long stand­off

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Fresno Bee

FRESNO — A Fresno County sher­iff's deputy was wounded Tues­day dur­ing a gun­fight in the ru­ral Sierra foothills of Fresno County.

The in­jured deputy, John Erick­son, 49, was on his way into surgery at Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fresno on Tues­day af­ter­noon, Fresno County Sher­iff Mar­garet Mims said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence out­side the hos­pi­tal.

The al­leged gun­man was taken into cus­tody af­ter an armed stand­off that lasted for sev­eral hours. He walked out of a home that was sur­rounded by law en­force­ment and sur­ren­dered.

The sus­pect's name hadn't been re­leased be­cause law en­force­ment wanted "au­then­tic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from wit­nesses" first, said Tony Botti, sher­iff's of­fice spokesman.

Erick­son was talk­ing, never lost con­scious­ness and is ex­pected to sur­vive.

The shoot­ing hap­pened just af­ter 11 a.m. on Quail Springs Lane, south of Toll­house in the Sierra foothills. Deputies were re­spond­ing to a call re­gard­ing a prop­erty dis­pute. Mims said the gun­man be­gan to fire at ar­riv­ing deputies.

Erick­son was able to re­turn fire to de­fend him­self and a civil­ian who was rid­ing along with the deputy. The civil­ian, iden­ti­fied by Mims only as a male ac­quain­tance of Erick­son's who some­times ac­com­pa­nies him, was not in­jured.

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