Coroner: Minkler shooting suspect was wounded

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fresno County officials have revealed for the first time Friday that the man authorities say killed two law enforcement officers and wounded another in Minkler was also wounded in the gunfight.

The coroner's office said Ricky Liles was shot three times in his right forearm before he took his own life in the February standoff.

Authorities say Liles opened fire on Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies who had come to his mobile home on February 25th to serve a search warrant. Liles had apparently vowed not go to prison and to take the lives of several officers before killing himself.

Sheriff's Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier and Reedley Police Officer Javier Bejar died in the attack. Deputy Mark Harris was wounded.

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