Fresno deputy shot before long standoff
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.