A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy answering a call over a property boundary dispute near Tollhouse was shot in the leg by one of the men involved in the tiff, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Late Tuesday afternoon, following conversations with crisis negotiators, the suspect was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of attempted murder. His name has not been released.
The 49-year-old deputy, John Erickson, returned fire during the incident. He was later flown to Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno via helicopter and diagnosed with a broken leg.
At the time of the shooting, Erickson was accompanied by a civilian engaging in a “ride-along.” That person was not injured during the gunfire.
During a press briefing, Mims said that Sheriff’s SWAT have surrounded the house and that deputies had made contact with the suspected shooter.
Mims said the deputies on-scene believed the shots were from rifles. She added that deputies had been called to the particular property near Tollhouse for similar boundary disputes between neighbors.
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Late Tuesday night, the Fresno County Sheriff’s office provided an update following Erickson’s surgery to his leg. He is now listed in critical, but stable, condition.
@FresnoSheriff Update on Deputy John Erickson. pic.twitter.com/JXAR53jilz— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) July 3, 2019