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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.

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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.

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno.

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