MERCED, Calif. — A Merced County sheriff’s deputy is recovering from wounds after a gunbattle that left an assailant dead in the city of Delhi.

The Merced Sun-Star ( ) reports that deputies were met with gunfire from an assault-style weapon when they responded Thursday to a domestic dispute.

Sheriff Vern Warnke says Deputy Adam Leuchner returned fire, killing 38-year-old Jose Torres of Delhi.

Deputy Alejandro “Alex” Barba was wounded in the lower abdomen and thigh, but the sheriff says he’s expected to make a full recovery.

The sheriff says both deputies responded professionally and he has no doubt Leuchner saved Barba’s life.

Information from: Merced Sun-Star,

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