Correctional Officers Shot By Visitor in Jail Lobby: Cops

The suspect allegedly fired after he tried cutting a line and was told to wait his turn.

Two California correcitonal officers were rushed to a hospital after a visitor opened fire in a jail lobby this weekend.

Police say visitor Thong Vang opened fire on correctional officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan in the lobby of the Fresno County Jail Saturday morning after he was told to wait his turn in line. 

According to a statement from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, Vang tried to cut to the front of the visitation line, but a correctional officer working at the front desk told him to wait his turn.

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He then began to display bizarre behavior by pacing back and forth next to a metal detector that leads to a secure area of the jail, the statement reads.

Davila and Scanlan then approached Vang and told him to take a seat. At that point, authorities say Vang pulled a handgun out of his clothing and shot both officers.

The officers were shot in the head and neck areas. Davila is in critical, but stable, condition and Scanlan is in critical condition.

A responding correctional officer fired shots at Vang, who allegedly Vang shots. However, no one else was struck.  

At some point, officers used a Taser on Vang, but they were still unable to get him to surrender, according to the statement.

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Vang then ran to an unlocked door that led to the jail records area and stayed in the hallway as responding deputies and a Fresno Police officer entered the jail lobby and ordered him to surrender.  

Cops say Vang then dropped his weapon and was held at gunpoint while other deputies rescued the two injured correctional officers by dragging them out of the lobby to ambulances waiting outside.  

Vang was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for minor scrapes and cuts.  He is scheduled to be booked into the Fresno County Jail on felony charges, which will include attempted murder.

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