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Fresno County Deputy Recovering From Bullet Wound in Attack



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A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy was wounded in the leg when his gun discharged during a struggle with a suspect Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said.
The injured deputy was transported to the hospital, treated for a minor injury, and released later that evening.

Mug shot of Ricardo Venegas

Ricardo Venegas is being held on $636,000 bond. (Fresno County SO)

Assault Occurred at 4:30 Wednesday Afternoon

The deputy is recovering at home from the wound, which the sheriff’s office described as a graze.
The deputy was heading to a domestic violence call at about 4:30 p.m. when a man walking on a street attacked him, the sheriff’s office said.
An off-duty deputy saw the fight and helped the first deputy arrest the man, who was identified by the sheriff’s office as 25-year-old Ricardo Venegas of Mendota.
Deputies searched for the people reportedly involved in the domestic violence incident but could not find them.

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Venegas is in the Fresno County Jail. At the time of his arrest, he was listed as a parolee at large.
He faces several felony charges, some related to Wednesday’s altercation and others tied to investigations conducted by other law enforcement agencies.
Detectives are recommending a charge of attempted murder against Venegas for attacking the deputy. His bail is $636,000.
If anyone in the public witnessed this incident or captured video, they are asked to contact detective Adrian Villegas, 559 600-8210.