Suspect in Fresno Sheriff deputy shooting identified

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

FRESNO COUNTY, California – The man accused of shooting a Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy has been identified.

On Tuesday, Deputy John Erickson was shot in the leg, and after a standoff, a suspect was taken into custody.

Erickson was listed in critical, but stable condition.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says two neighbors were arguing over a fence line when shots were fired. Erickson responded to the scene. The suspect shot at him, Erickson returned fire but did not hit the suspect.

The suspect barricaded himself inside what Mims described as a “homemade shed.” He surrendered after about 2 1/2 hours.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Michael James Congdon, 57.

Michael Congdon

According to jail records, Congdon is facing two charges of attempted murder, using a firearm to commit a felony, committing a felony while armed, discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, and animal cruelty.

His bail is set at about $1.9 million.

Deputy Erickson is an 11-year veteran of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy John Erickson

Deputy John Erickson is progressing quite well, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. His pain is lessening and he is healing up.

Erickson said, “Happy 4th of July! Thank you for all the prayers, support and kindness!”

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