Horse unintended victim: Fresno County Deputy shootout in Tollhouse

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

New details and images of the man arrested for shooting a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy in Tollhouse.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said that Deputy John Erickson was upgraded to good condition.

The suspect, 57-year-old Michael Congdon is in jail. He’s facing two attempted murder charges. One against Deputy Erickson and the other, against his civilian ride along.

Neighbors say they’re shocked it came down to this.

“You just can’t even believe it,” said Darcy Brewer who owns property nearby. “No words can describe the whole situation.”

Shots rang out just before 11 Tuesday morning.

“When I got to my property, my gate was busted open, pulled out of the ground, I got some destruction up there,” Brewer explained.

Sheriff’s Office investigators say Michael Congdon and his neighbor got in an argument over the property line.

Neighbors say it’s part of an on-going feud.

“From my understanding, it’s been going on for approximately about a year maybe a year and a half,” said one lady who wanted to remain anonymous.

“There’s many factors that leads people to have a break down and that’s what I believe happened,” Brewer added.

Deputy Erickson was dispatched to Quail Springs Lane.

“He has been up to the property in the past. He’s a very good deputy,” Brewer said.

On Wednesday, we got a look at his pick-up truck, riddled with bullets. Bullet holes were visible and some shattered glass landed on a civilian who was riding with the deputy.

When Erickson pulled up, Congdon opened fire. The deputy shot back.

“Sad. Sad that it could get to that point,” said the anonymous woman.

A horse was hit by gunfire.

Deputy Erickson was also hit in the right leg by a bullet but is okay following surgery.

“I’ve met him a few different times. Helpful. He was always kind and polite in the dealings I’ve had with him in the past. Serve and protect,” the woman added.

The Sheriff’s Office says Congdon was hiding inside a small shed on the property with several firearms.

The Crisis Negotiation Team encouraged him to surrender several hours later.

“It should have never came down to this,” Brewer concluded.

Congdon has also been booked for felony charges of shooting at an occupied vehicle, using a firearm to commit a felony, committing a felony while armed and animal cruelty.

His bail is set at over $1,900,000.

The Sheriff’s Office says it does not have any criminal history on Congdon and they’ve never arrested him either.

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