Fresno sheriff’s deputy dies after being ‘accidentally shot’ on duty

A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy died Monday after he was “accidentally shot” while on duty in a business park near Fresno’s Yosemite International Airport, authorities said.

The shooting occurred just before 4 p.m., when the deputy was working near Clinton and Winery Avenues, according to Tony Botti, a spokesman for the Fresno County sheriff’s office.

The deputy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Botti said. His name was not released.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting, and Botti said the incident was under investigation.

Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims was scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss the investigation.


Late Monday, law enforcement agencies formed a caravan that escorted the slain deputy’s hearse from the hospital to the Fresno County coroner’s office, the Fresno Bee reported.

Twitter: @MattHjourno.


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