‘It hits home. It’s the reality of our job.’ Kerman PD officer reacts to former partner being shot in line of duty

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering at Community Medical Regional Center after he was shot while responding to a call in Tollhouse on Tuesday.

Deputy John Erickson was on scene of a property dispute between neighbors when gun fire rang out. Erickson was shot in the leg and pulled to safety by another deputy.

Erickson suffered a broken leg and was flown to CRMC, were he underwent surgery Tuesday night.

Kerman Police Officer Isaias Barbosa is Erickson’s former partner went to the hospital Wednesday morning, he wanted to check on his former colleague who he had worked with for several years.

“When you hear that 11-99. When you hear that officer down, it hits close. This one of our family members, he came from Kerman,” Barbosa said.

Barbosa said other officers were listening closely to the police radio, as the life or death drama went down.

“It hits home. It’s the reality of our job,” he said.

Deputy Erickson was listed in critical condition last night but has been updated to good condition.

The alleged shooter, Michael Congdon, 57, was booked into the Fresno County jail and faces two counts of attempted murder

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