FRESNO, Calif. — The Latest on the shooting in the lobby of a central California county jail (all times local):
Authorities say two unarmed officers were critically injured after being shot by a visitor in the lobby of a central California jail.
Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti says the officers were shot in the head and neck areas during a struggle Saturday with a man who tried to cut to the front of the visitors’ line and refused to take a seat when he began pacing near a secure area of the jail.
Correctional Officer Toamalama Scanlan is hospitalized in critical condition while Officer Juanita Davila is listed in critical but stable condition.
The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Thong Vang, exchanged gunshots with a lieutenant and surrendered after being confronted by deputies. He has been taken into custody.
Authorities say two unarmed officers were seriously wounded after being shot by a visitor in the lobby of a central California jail.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says a man with a long criminal history entered the lobby Saturday morning and tried to cut to the head of the visitor line to see an inmate. When confronted by a correctional officer, suspect Thong Vang pulled out a gun and started shooting, Mims said.
Mims says two officers were shot in the head or neck area. Officer Toamalama Scanlan was hospitalized in critical condition and Officer Juanita Davila was in critical but stable condition.
Mims says a lieutenant returned fire and Vang surrendered. Mims said the suspect was injured but it’s not immediately clear whether he had been shot.
Two sheriff’s office employees are hospitalized after being shot in the lobby of a central California county jail Saturday.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says their condition is unknown.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti says one suspect is in custody.
Botti says the Sherriff’s Office received a report of an active shooter inside the jail located in the city of Fresno on Saturday morning and that the investigation is ongoing.
No other details were immediately available.