A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy was taken to a hospital Friday morning after being assaulted in downtown Fresno.
The attack happened at the B.F. Sisk Courthouse, where the deputy works. The courthouse, in the 1100 block of O Street, had yet to open for the day, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.
The deputy approached several homeless people sleeping on the front patio area of the courthouse. The suspect, Walter Barker, 56, of Fresno, who was armed with a knife, began to argue with the deputy and even threatened to kill him. When the deputy told Barker to drop his knife, he ran off but turned and threw the knife at the deputy, hitting him on the side of the head with the knife blade. The deputy attempted to use a stun device but missed Barker, and then fell during the chase, injuring his shoulder.
Botti said the deputy is expected to recover. Barker was later arrested at the McDonald’s at Blackstone Avenue and Divisadero Street.