A man on the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office most-wanted list was critically wounded Tuesday when a detective shot him in Lindsay.
Randall Clay Ver Steeg, 39, was shot and taken by ambulance to a Visalia hospital for surgery.
The shooting took place about 11 a.m. at the Super 8 motel on Highway 65.
Ver Steeg had two warrants for his arrest in burglary cases.
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said a tip came in that Ver Steeg was at the motel.
The fugitive arrest team was sent and officers found Ver Steeg in an upstairs breezeway of the two-story building.
Detectives ordered him to lay on the ground and show his hands. But when he reached for a handgun in his waistband, a detective shot him once in the upper torso, Boudreaux said.
Ver Steeg was in stable condition in the intensive care unit Tuesday evening, the sheriff’s officesaid.
“The officer felt a threat to his life,” said the sheriff, who did not name the detective. Ver Steeg’s gun was loaded, he said.
Ver Steeg had been hiding from law enforcement, Boudreaux said.
“The information is that he is armed, he is dangerous and refuses to go into law enforcement custody,” Boudreaux said at a news conference in Lindsay.
The detective showed good judgment by firing only once to stop a threat to his life, Boudreaux said.
“He’s shaken up,” Boudreaux said. “He’s doing well.”
In Tulare County, Ver Steeg was wanted on two $100,000 arrest warrants in connection with burglaries. In Selma, he was wanted for a felony weapons charge, car theft, burglary and resisting arrest. In Visalia, he is a suspect in a recent burglary.
The detective will be placed on administrative leave, standard procedure in such shootings, Boudreaux said.
Porterville police will investigate the shooting under an agreement by local law enforcement agencies not to investigate their own officer-involved shootings.