A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy remains at a hospital Wednesday after he was shot in the face by a gunman who used the deputy’s own weapon in the shooting at a light rail station, the sheriff’s department said.
Deputy Alex Ladwig, a four-year veteran of the department, underwent surgery Tuesday night at a Sacramento hospital and was in stable condition with major structural facial injuries, according to officials.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull said Ladwig was talking as he was being transported.
The initial investigation revealed Ladwig began talking with Nicory Marquis Spann, 27, of Sacramento, just before 6 p.m. at the Regional Transit light rail station near Watt Avenue and Interstate 80.
Spann ‘violently attacked’ Ladwig and began fighting with him, Turnbull said.
Spann then grabbed Ladwig’s gun and fired two shots; one of them hit Ladwig in the face, according to Turnbull.
Spann ran into a nearby Red Roof Inn, which was subsequently surrounded by law enforcement. Guests were evacuated as officers set up a perimeter. Deputies then searched the motel room by room.
Spann was found in a second floor room alcove, lying on the ground in fetal position, Turnbull said.
A sheriff’s department robot was used to talk Spann into surrendering. He was taken into custody at 9:15 p.m., and the gun was recovered at the scene.
Spann was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of attempted murder of a peace officer. He is ineligible for bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Some guests were in the building during the search and were asked to shelter in place until a deputy told them otherwise. Evacuated guests were allowed back inside a few hours after the shooting.
Officers outside of the motel were barricaded behind their patrol vehicles and had their weapons drawn and pointed at the building as a precaution.
Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and Sacramento police officers were at the scene.
Watt Avenue was closed between Auburn Boulevard and I-80, but the area has since reopened. The light rail station reopened early Wednesday morning.
No other details were released.