Sonoma, CA – A deputy was shot Sunday morning after responding to a call from a gas station manager about his employee being armed with a BB gun and acting erratically.
The deputy found out that the gun was a 9mm firearm after he was shot with it.
The incident happened just before 11 a.m. at the Jolly Washer gas station/car wash in the 19200 block of Hwy 12 in Sonoma, according to the sheriff’s office.
The manager called 911 and said that a 19-year-old employee was acting strange and refused to go home when told. The manager also said that the suspect appeared to have a BB gun.
Two deputies, who are assigned as Sonoma PD officers, responded to the call and made contact with the manager, according to The Press Democrat.
The deputies then found the suspect “acting suspicious” behind a grey pickup in the car wash line. When the deputies went to make contact with him, he pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot one of the deputies.
One deputy returned fire, but missed as the suspect ducked behind the truck. The suspect’s gun jammed, so he threw it to the ground and was taken into custody.
It was determined that the suspect’s gun was loaded with snake shot, which is a type of round that shoots multiple projectiles.
The deputy who was shot was wounded in multiple parts of his body from the snake shot, and was airlifted to the hospital.
He is in good condition and expected to survive.
“He appears to be in good shape and should have a full recovery,” Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett told the media, according to The Press Democrat.
The suspect’s charges have not been released at this time.