Deputy Erickson in critical, but stable condition

May 04 2021 05:30 pm

Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy John Erickson was listed in critical, but stable condition Tuesday evening after being shot while responding to a call in Tollhouse.

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

Deputy Erickson was shot in the leg and flown to CRMC where he had surgery for internal injuries and his broken leg.

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

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

His wife issued a 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.”

The suspect’s name has not yet been released, he’s facing attempted murder charges.

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