Fresno County Sheriff's deputy dies after accidental shooting

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno County Sheriff's deputy died Monday afternoon after he was accidentally shot, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities said a gun accidentally went off at a business park near Clinton and Winery Avenues around 3:45 p.m., wounding the deputy. The typically quiet business park turned solemn as deputies swarmed the scene, trying to piece together a shooting that killed one of their own.

After pulling up to a building in east-central Fresno, authorities learned a deputy had been shot when a gun accidentally discharged. The victim was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center and died shortly after.

While detectives tried to figure out what happened at the business park, a massive showing of officers turned up at CRMC. Cruisers lined the street and more than a dozen deputies stood outside.

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Authorities said a gun accidentally went off in an office near Clinton and Winery Avenues around 3:45 p.m., wounding a deputy.

Hours later, a huge procession of law enforcement escorted the hearse carrying that deputy. The line of cars that followed their fallen brother was dozens of cars long and eventually made its way to the coroner's office in southwest Fresno County.

But even before the procession, there were many officers from the Fresno Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Fresno Fire Department and the sheriff's office who stood by to support the family and each other.

Authorities have not released the deputy's name but authorities said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims plans on holding a press conference Tuesday to share the latest on the investigation.
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