A Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy shot a domestic-violence suspect Sunday evening, the second deputy-involved shooting of the weekend in the county.
The sheriff’s department said Sunday’s shooting happened just after 6 p.m. northeast of Strathmore. The deputy wasn’t hurt; the suspect was airlifted to a local hospital where he was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither the deputy nor the suspect were identified.
The department said a deputy was sent to an address on Road 254 (Adams Avenue) to investigate a reported violation of a domestic violence restraining order, but the suspect wasn’t at the location. About eight minutes later, the deputy found the suspect about a mile north near the intersection of Road 254 and Avenue 216 (3rd Avenue).
The department said the suspect assaulted the deputy and was struggling to get hold of the deputy’s gun when he was shot.
Charges against the suspect are pending. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the Porterville Police Department has been asked to investigate the incident and the officer is on paid administrative leave.
No other details were immediately available.
Saturday afternoon, a deputy shot a man who fought with the deputy after a traffic stop at a rural market west of Tulare.
This story will be updated.