- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the death of an officer in Fresno County (all times local):

3:00 p.m.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says that a sergeant with 20 years in law enforcement was struck and killed by a bullet in the chest that came from a colleague’s gun.

Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims says that the death of Deputy Sgt. Rod Lucas appeared to be “a tragic accidental shooting” but it remained unclear how the gun discharged.

Mims told reporters Tuesday that Lucas and three colleagues were inside a sheriff’s office near the Fresno Yosemite International airport when the incident occurred at about 3:40 p.m. on Monday.

Lucas and a detective, who has not been named, were discussing their equipment and specifically how to carry their backup weapons, Mims said.

The sheriff said the detective had his weapon out, a single round was fired and Lucas dropped to the ground but authorities still didn’t know “the mechanics of how the weapon discharged.”

Lucas was rushed to a hospital and later died.

An initial report on the accident had indicated that the gun involved in Lucas’ death had been his own.

Mims said the detective involved had not yet been interviewed because of his mental state.


7:10 a.m.

A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy died after his gun accidentally discharged Monday.

The deputy was not identified.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti says the deputy was on duty at a business park near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport in east-central Fresno when the incident occurred about 3:45 p.m.

The circumstances of the shooting were not detailed.

The deputy was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating to determine how the gun was discharged.

Sheriff Margaret Mims is expected to release additional details Tuesday.

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