Two men have been arrested on suspicion of shooting a Merced County sheriff’s deputy whose protective vest may have saved his life.
Javier Delgadillo-Munoz and Paul Glenn, both of Modesto, were arrested Wednesday night after the attack on the deputy, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the men had lawyers to speak on their behalf.
The Merced County deputy had gone to a home north of the community of Livingston at around midnight Wednesday to investigate a report of people who appeared to have guns fighting in front of a house, Sheriff Vern Warnke said at a Thursday news conference.
When Deputy Oscar Ochoa arrived, he was ambushed and returned fire after the third shot, the sheriff said.
His protective vest kept him from serious harm. He was treated at the scene, taken to a local hospital and was expected to recover, the Sun-Star reported.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol and the Livingston Police Department arrived and sealed off the area. Delgadillo-Munoz was arrested while trying to hide in a tree near the house. Warnke didn’t disclose details of Glenn’s arrest.
Both men are suspected of breaking into the home to steal from an illegal marijuana farm with more than 5,000 plants, Warnke said. They allegedly beat a man at the house.
An assault rifle and a semiautomatic handgun were found at the scene, the sheriff said.
Earlier this year, a Merced County sheriff’s sergeant was wounded after answering a domestic violence report in Dos Palos. He survived and a suspect was arrested after a statewide manhunt.
And a police corporal was shot and killed during a traffic stop last December in the town of Newman in neighboring Stanislaus County. The alleged killer was arrested.
“I’ve been here with this agency over 40 years and during the first 30 years we’ve never seen this kind violence toward law enforcement,” Warnke. “And it just seems to be an uptick in what we are going to be starting to consider normal and we shouldn’t be considering this normal, ever.”
Warnke said Delgadillo-Munoz was in the country illegally, as were the suspects in the other two shootings.
Glenn, who is suspected of shooting the deputy, faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree robbery, assault with a firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, intentional discharge of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle.
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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SHERIFF PRESS CONFERENCE Merced, CA – On December 19, 2019 at approximately 1:00pm Sheriff Vern Warnke held a Press Conference regarding the shooting of Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Oscar Ochoa. Sheriff Warnke explained that on December 18, 2019 at about 12:00am deputy Ochoa responded to the 7000 block of Yamato Road in Livingston regarding some sort of disturbance. Unknown to Deputy Ochoa, The residence he was responding to was a Marijuana Grow house with over 5100 marijuana plants growing inside. Additionally, two male subjects had arrived a short time prior and assaulted the resident of the house, tied him up, and began stealing the marijuana. the two subjects identified as 27-year-old Javier Delgadillo-Munoz and 35-year-old Paul Demarcus Glenn were involved in the home invasion and possibly involved in the shooting of Deputy Ochoa. As Deputy Ochoa arrived at the residence, he began taking fire from an unknown caliber weapon and was hit in his ballistic vest. Deputy Ochoa was able to return fire and Delgadillo-Munoz and Glenn took off running. They were both later taken into custody and booked into the Merced County Jail. Deputy Ochoa sustained minor injuries and was checked out by medical personnel on scene. During the course of the investigation, two firearms were seized. The AR-15 that was found had been reported stolen along with a vehicle the subjects were driving. This is still an ongoing investigation and the detective's bureau is working diligently to bring a conclusion to this case. The Merced County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the CHP – Merced, and the Livingston Police Department, California, for thier quick response and assistance. These valuable relationships with our neighboring law enforcement families are truly special and this goes to show the special bond between all law enforcement officers and agencies. #mercedsheriff #mercedcounty