Sanger, Calif. - We're learning new details about the suspect in last week's officer involved shooting in the Sanger area. 21-year-old Jeremy Vaughn has been identified as the suspect. He remains in critical continue at Community Regional Medical Center after being shot by a deputy last week.
Officials say Vaughn is in rough shape, but is expected to survive. According to Fresno County court documents Vaughn has been arrested multiple times for felony crimes.
The deputy who shot Vaughn has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years.
On the morning of May 4th Fresno County Sheriff's deputies responded to this area of Sanger near Minkler. Investigators say 21-year-old Jeremy Vaughn ran from a parole officer, that officer warned deputies Vaughn may have a weapon. After a brief foot chase, Vaughn was shot by a deputy what led up to the shooting is still under investigation, but crime scene investigators did locate a weapon on the ground at the scene.
"After further examination we determined it was a pellet gun. It's actually powered by a CO2 cartridge, but obviously just looking at it. It looks like a real gun," said Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department.
Criminal defense attorney David Mugridge says a case can be made the unmarked pellet gun posed a threat.
"When I hear the name pellet gun, but there is no little red dot in front of that how is an officer supposed to know that?," said Mugridge.
According to court documents, Vaughn was arrested by Fresno Police in 2014 for carrying a concealed dagger. Then, by Clovis Police about a year later near Walmart for a robbery. Court documents say he willfully, unlawfully, and by means of force and fear took personal property from someone.
"These are rather significant felony cases in terms of a potential threat to the community," said Mugridge.
As investigators try to determine if the officer involved shooting was justified, legal experts believe Vaughn will soon be locked up.
"I would be surprised if he doesn't end up doing some time in this case," Mugridge.
Vaughn remains here in the hospital and has been electronically booked into the Fresno County Jail. The deputy who shot Vaughn is on paid administrative leave, which is standard in cases like this.