Game Warden Shot in El Dorado County near Georgetown - UPDATED
UPDATE 2-17 It was later found his K9 unit, Ruger, was also injured somehow and was having trouble with its shoulder. The officer-involved shooting is being investigated, as a matter of standard procedure, by an outside agency. In this case, Foy said, it is the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office who is investigating. Foy said he was impressed with EDSO’s handling of the investigation.
UPDATE 2-16: Warden Bob Pera was approaching two hunters just after dark Friday for a compliance check when a shot was fired. California Department of Fish and Game Lt. Patrick Foy says Pera was hit in the hand and bullet fragments entered his neck.
Foy says the circumstances surrounding the shooting aren't clear, and it isn't known whether Pera returned fire. But as he radioed for help, the hunters reached him and rendered aid to Pera. “We might sit back and watch for a certain period of time and then make contact,” Foy said. “At some point before he was going to make the contact, there was a shot fired and he was hit.”
Foy said that the two hunters, whose names he did not disclose, were cooperative after the shooting and that “they ultimately rendered aid” to Pera while he was calling for medical assistance and backup. Nobody had been arrested in connection with the shooting, which is still under investigation, said El Dorado County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Chris Felton. The warden is receiving treatment at Sutter Roseville Hospital.
UPDATE 2-15: the Warden shot last night is recovering. I have had contact with a source close to this investigation and here's what we know. This was 1 warden and he was on duty. It was an accidental and after dark shooting. He was not involved in a shoot out. He will recover. There is, obviously, an ongoing investigation. So we wont know much for a while, only that he's going to be ok.
[Scanner traffic indicated the incident happened near the Bottle Hill area around 8:15 pm Friday Feb 14.- editor]
ROSEVILLE, Calif. —A veteran state game warden was shot and injured Friday night in El Dorado County.
Officials said the injuries were not life threatening.
He was taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Hospital where he arrived at the emergency room at 11:12 p.m.
The warden, whose name is being withheld, is a 12-year veteran of the California Department of State Fish and Wildlife. He is assigned to the Georgetown area where he was conducting a night operation, according to fellow warden Patrick Foy.
Foy said the officer’s clothes were bloodied but that he was alert and in good spirits.
The injured warden was working alone possibly surveillance on three subjects when he was shot officials said.
The warden was able to immediately call for help.
Foy said investigators are now determining how the incident happened and who was involved.