Law enforcement killed a suspect believed to have shot a Monterey County (CA) Sheriff’s deputy, ending a nine-hour standoff in Salinas Wednesday that prompted a widespread response from local, state and federal law enforcement.
The barricaded suspect was fatally shot around 5:45 pm after exchanging fire with officers and deputies, Monterey County officials told the Monterey County Weekly.
“The suspect that we tried to get to peacefully surrender continued firing on our law enforcement agencies,” Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto said in brief comments to the media just after 6 pm.
The standoff stemmed from the serving of an eviction notice by the deputy just before 8 am Wednesday morning. The suspect shot a deputy multiple times around 8:45 am, according to officials.
After responding to an officer-down call, officers from the Sheriff’s Office and Salinas Police Department rescued the deputy and transported him to Natividad Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his wounds. Nieto described the unnamed 40-year-old deputy as a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. “He will survive but he’ll have a long recovery,” she said.