In September 2016, Malama Scanlan and Juanita Davila were shot when a gunman opened fire inside the lobby of the main jail.
For more than six months, doctors in Fresno and San Francisco thought Scanlan would never regain consciousness.
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Scanlan never regained speech after the September 2016 attack, but he had flashes of consciousness when Action News visited him in 2017 while family members worked with him through rehabilitation.
"One thing I always did with the family is I prayed with them," says Bear Campbell, a Respiratory Therapist at CRMC. "I am just so devastated that he is not here."
SAD NEWS— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) October 13, 2021
Malama Scanlan has passed away.
The Big Guy fought for five years, regained consciousness and fought hard, but the @FresnoSheriff correctional officer has died from complications related to the September 2016 jail shooting. pic.twitter.com/E0M84gOnub
He was taken to a facility in Houston and several others, but passed away at a facility in southern California.
"It took a while for me to accept it and it's still unbelievable," says Eulalio Gomez.
Davila has since made a full recovery.
The shooter is serving a sentence of 112 years to life.
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Scanlan was 46 years old. He leaves behind his wife and five children.
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