Correctional Officer Juanita Davila was discharged from the hospital Friday, less than two weeks after she was shot in the head and neck by a gunman in the Fresno County Jail lobby, authorities said.
Davila’s coworker Officer Toamalama Scanlan, who was also shot in the head and neck area during the Sept. 3 altercation, remained in critical condition at the hospital, Fresno County Sheriff’s Tony Botti said.
Thong Vang, 37, allegedly opened fire on the two after correctional officers told him to wait her turn as he exhibited agitated behavior in the jail lobby.
Yesterday Vang, a Hmong refugee, pled not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, the Fresno Bee reported. He was scheduled to return to court Oct. 19 and, if convicted, could face 110 years to life in prison.
Vang was on parole at the time of the incident and a known gang member and sex registrant, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
He was previously sentenced in 1998 to 19 years in prison on numerous rape charges involving teens aged 14 and under, serving 16 years before was released in Sept. 2014.
Davila, an 18-year veteran of the force, was in good spirits after returning home and looking forward to spending time with family, her sister Dora Alvarado said.
“We’re just so happy to be able to have this day and take her home with us,” Alvarado said. “She’s been longing to be home with her grandkids and her two adorable pups.”
Botti was hopeful that Scanlan would also recover.