"One of the things that he required yesterday was please don't make me laugh, really going to leave that open line."
Sheriff Warnke said his deputy, Alejandro "Alex" Barba, is a lucky man. Barba was shot in the leg and abdomen Thursday after responding to a domestic abuse call.
"The suspect came out the office shooting an AR-15 style weapon. The second deputy rounds the corner and shoots," said Sheriff Warnke.
The suspect Juan Barajas, who has an extensive criminal history, was shot and killed by eight-year veteran Adam Leuchner.
This is the man who fired shots at 2 Merced Co deputies, injuring 1. Name: Juan Manuel Torres Barajas, 38 pic.twitter.com/XAueNqHCpJ— Cory James (@CoryABC30) September 9, 2016
"Had it not been for the actions of both deputies I think this would have been a lot more tragic than it really was," said Sheriff Warnke.
Sheriff Warnke shared with us a photo of law enforcement who lined the hallway in the emergency room praying for his injured deputy. A photo he said has shows outpouring of support from agencies all around the Central Valley.
"Police officers, highway patrol-- I can only imagine the heartbreak they felt in this."
Barba's doctors said despite his serious injuries they expect him to make a complete recovery.
"Don't know how good of a dancer he is, but he's going to be able to dance when he gets done," said Sheriff Warnke.
Leuchner, the deputy who assisted, was involved in an officer-involved shooting in Turlock about three years ago.