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Suspect in shooting of deputy in Central Valley captured

Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera
Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera, 51, is suspected of shooting of a Merced County sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday.
(Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities have captured a man who allegedly shot and wounded a sheriff’s sergeant in Central California.

Merced County sheriff’s officials identified the suspect as Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera, 51, of Dos Palos and said he was taken into custody Thursday in Kings County after a nearly hour-long chase.

Authorities allege Lopez-Herrera opened fire on deputies about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home near the intersection of Eucalyptus Road and Highway 33 in Dos Palos, about 60 miles northwest of Frenso.

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One deputy was hit by the gunfire. The deputy, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The gunman escaped.

Deputy Daryl Allen told reporters at the scene that investigators were at the home to follow up on a domestic violence report involving Lopez-Herrera that had been filed over the weekend. Court documents show Lopez-Herrera has a history of domestic violence allegations.

“We had word that he was possibly hiding out at this residence,” Allen told KFSN-TV of Frenso.

He said the wounded deputy was alert and in good spirits.

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Authorities say Thursday’s chase ended with Lopez-Herrera firing a shot at California Highway Patrol officers who disabled his stolen pickup with a spike strip. No one was hurt in Thursday’s shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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