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Man charged for shooting Fresno deputy, neighbor’s horse

July 5, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have charged a man in the shooting of a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a report of a dispute over a property boundary between neighbors.

The Fresno County District Attorney on Friday charged 57-year-old Michael James Congdon with attempted murder and assault on a peace officer in the shooting of Deputy John Erickson Tuesday in the community of Tollhouse.

Officials say Erickson was shot in the leg and is recovering.

Prosecutors say Congdon also faces animal cruelty charges for shooting a horse during the dispute with his neighbor.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Congdon has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

If convicted of all felonies, Congdon faces a sentence of at least 64 years to life with the possibility of early parole.

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