Fresno County deputy shot suffers broken leg, gunfight was over land dispute


A suspect is in custody

FRESNO COUNTY, California – A suspect is in custody after one Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the leg during a land dispute in the Tollhouse area, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Mims said residents got into an argument began about property lines, and there were shots fired during that disagreement.

When deputies arrived on scene, they started getting shot at from what they described as rifle fire.

A deputy was wounded in the gunfire.

There was a civilian ride along with the deputy; that person was uninjured.

The deputy was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. He’s suffering a broken leg wound as a result of the gunshot.

The Fresno Sheriff’s said 49-year-old Deputy John Erickson, has successfully undergone surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg. He is now recovering, listed in critical, but stable condition.

John’s wife has issued the following statement.

“I would like to thank the community for all of its support. Everyone has been so wonderful to John and our family, including hospital staff and personnel at the Sheriff’s Office. We only saw John briefly before his surgery. It’s difficult to see him go through this. We look forward to seeing him get back to his usual joking self.”

He previously worked for the Kerman Police Department.

Mims said deputies have responded to land disagreements before, but they didn’t turn violent.

Other deputies had to carry Erickson hundreds of yards to safety in an active situation.

Erickson was transported to CRMC via a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

No other information was immediately available.

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