California sheriff deputy mending from gunshot wound to face

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Alex Ladwig, a 25-year-old Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, was working an evening rush-hour shift at a transit station when, without warning, he found himself fighting for his life.

The four-year Sheriff’s Department veteran was alone and working overtime at a Sacramento station when authorities say he approached 27-year-old Nicory Marquis Spann on the lower level shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. It’s not clear why he did so, but Ladwig soon radioed his colleagues for help, saying he was in a fight.

Moments later, he radioed he’d been shot.

The attack triggered an hours-long manhunt that snarled interstate traffic, forced dozens of bystanders to flee a nearby hotel, and ended with Spann surrendering in a hotel alcove after he was spotted by a remote-controlled police robot, authorities said Wednesday.

Ladwig was recovering in a hospital Wednesday after being shot in the face with his own gun.

Spann, of Sacramento, was jailed without bail for investigation of attempted murder of a sheriff’s deputy. Officials could not say if Spann had an attorney or will be assigned one when he appears Friday in court.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said Spann attacked the deputy without being provoked and wrestled away his gun, firing twice. One bullet struck Ladwig in the jaw.

More than 100 officers from multiple agencies swarmed the area within minutes of Ladwig’s distress calls. Fire trucks and ambulances followed. A sheriff’s helicopter arrived overhead so fast that deputies spotted Spann running into a nearby Red Roof Inn.

“Once you put out over the radio that you’re fighting somebody, immediately officers are usually responding,” Turnbull said.

Witness Tori Brant was with other people in a Starbucks across the street from the hotel and was told by police to evacuate immediately.

“Police said they were preparing for a shootout.” Brant told the Sacramento Bee.

Dozens of hotel guests were evacuated, and others were warned to stay locked inside their…

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