California deputy shot in the face with his own gun
By Jennifer Cruz
Deputy Alex Ladwig is said to be recovering and in good spirits. (Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)
A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy remains hospitalized after he was shot in the face during an altercation at a light rail station Tuesday evening.
Nicory Marquis Spann, 27, was arrested several hours after the shooting, according a press release from the sheriff’s office. Spann is charged with attempted murder on a peace officer and is being held without bond.
Authorities, describing the altercation as an “unprovoked” attack, say the shooting took place just before 6 p.m. when Deputy Alex Ladwig made contact with Spann on the North Highlands rail station platform.
“Spann violently attacked the deputy and began fighting with him,” the sheriff’s office says. “At some point during the fight, Spann was able to get the deputy’s gun and fired two shots. One of the shots struck the deputy in the face.”
During this time, Ladwig made two calls over the police radio – the first relayed he was engaged in a fight with Spann, and the second confirmed he had been shot. Multiple agencies responded to the calls and officers in an overhead helicopter observed Spann running from the scene and to a nearby hotel.