Merced County Sheriff’s sergeant identified as deputy wounded by gunfire last week

The Merced County sheriff’s sergeant who was shot last week has been identified as STAR Team Sgt. Clint Landrum.

Deputies say 51-year-old Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera fired shots at deputies through a fence as they approached him to take him into custody Thursday near the intersection of Eucalyptus Road and Highway 33 in Dos Palos. Landrum was hit just above the knee, causing non-life threatening injuries.

Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera -- Merced County Sheriff
Sheriff’s Tactics And Reconnaissance team, which Landrum oversees

Another officer, Merced County Deputy Julio Ibarra, also was involved in the shooting, according to a news release.

After firing at the deputies, Lopez-Herrera fled. That caused a manhunt. He was captured later in the day after he fired another shot at CHP officers before being captured at Eagle Field in Firebaugh.

Vikaas Shanker is an award-winning reporter covering education, crime and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. After growing up in Naperville, Illinois and graduating from the University of Kansas, he reported in several Chicago suburbs before moving to Merced County in 2016.