The Latest: Felon booked in shooting of corrections officers


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting inside a central California jail that wounded two officers (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Authorities have booked into jail an ex-convict accused of shooting and wounding two unarmed officers inside a central California jail.

The Fresno County sheriff’s office says 37-year-old Thong Vang faces charges of attempted murder, being a felon with a handgun and bringing drugs into a jail. He also has been placed on a parole hold.

Correctional officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan are hospitalized Sunday in critical condition.

Authorities say the pair approached Vang after he tried to cut in the jail visitors line and began pacing near a secure area Saturday.

Sheriff Margaret Mims says Vang opened fire as the officers tried to get him to sit down. She says he surrendered after a lieutenant returned fire.

Vang was released on parole in 2014 after serving a 16-year prison sentence for raping three girls.

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11:40 p.m.

Authorities say two unarmed officers were critically injured after being shot by a visitor in the lobby of a central California jail.

Correctional Officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan were shot in the head and neck areas during a struggle Saturday with a man who tried to cut to the front of the visitors’ line and refused to take a seat when he began pacing near a secure area of the Fresno County jail.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti says officers from the secured areas inside the jail ran to the lobby, where a lieutenant fired shots at the gunman, identified as 37-year-old Thong Vang.

Botti says that when confronted by sheriff’s deputies and a Fresno police officer, Vang dropped his weapon and told authorities he wanted to be arrested.

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