Wife of Calif. deputy who was shot thanks community for support

The Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot during a gunfight in rural Fresno County is recovering

By Bryant-Jon Anteola
The Fresno Bee

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. – The Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot during a gunfight in rural Fresno County is recovering, though he remains in critical but stable condition.

John Erickson, 49, underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon for internal injuries and a broken leg at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

Pictured is John Erickson. (Photo/Fresno County Sheriff)
Pictured is John Erickson. (Photo/Fresno County Sheriff)

A few hours before he had been rushed to the hospital via helicopter, Erickson was shot at while responding to a call about a property dispute at the 29000 block of Quail Springs Lane, south of Tollhouse in the Sierra foothills.

“I would like to thank the community for all of its support,” Erickson’s wife said in a news release, which was released late Tuesday night. “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.”

Erickson has worked for the sheriff’s office for the past 11 years.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said the gunman started firing as deputies arrived at the scene.

Erickson was able to return fire to defend himself, though he did not hit the gunman.

A civilian who was riding along with the deputy was not injured.

The gunman eventually was arrested and is expected faces attempted murder charges, Mims said.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been released because law enforcement wants “authentic identification from witnesses” first, said Tony Botti, sheriff’s office spokesman.

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