Law Enforcement

Fresno Deputy is Killed by Suspected Arsonist


The LA times has the very sad story.

A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot and two other officers were wounded Thursday in an all-day confrontation with a barricaded arson suspect in the tiny unincorporated community of Minkler, 20 miles east of Fresno.

“This morning, I had to deliver the message that no law enforcement leader wants to deliver, and that was to the wife of a deputy sheriff, that her husband had been killed in the line of duty,” Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said at a news conference.

The names of the officers were not immediately released, nor was that of the alleged shooter. The Fresno Bee identified the suspect as Ricky Liles, 51, of Minkler. Reedley City Manager Rocky Rogers told the Associated Press that one of the wounded officers was Javier Bejar, of the Reedley Police Department. Rogers said that he was on life support and not expected to recover.

Here’s the rest.

Whenever a police officer or a firefighter is killed, it is a tragedy for his or her family of course. But it is also always blow to the greater community.


  • Another multiple shooting of law enforcement officers, a sad day. Thanks for the coverage Celeste. Knowing you’re an L.A. Times reader I’m sure you’ve seen what’s happening to the gang task force officers in the Hemet area. It’s not only nuts going off the deep end that targets law enforcements, as the attacks on the gang task force there shows, it’s entrenched gangs.

  • While I send my condolences to the family of this fallen Fresno deputy, the thing with the Hemet gang task force is a little bit fuzzy. Suspects? Arrests? For crying out loud, two attempts were made on the lives of police officers. That’s an all out manhunt, right there. Instead, the force is just saying someone tried to kill them, and is switching motels? That rings a bit too dismissive for such serious offenses. I’m not saying these attempts didn’t happen, just saying their response is awfully dismissive and bizarre.

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