Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot at Light Rail Station Near Watt, I-80; Suspect Arrested

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SACRAMENTO -- A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was shot in the face at a Sacramento light rail station on Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened on the light rail station platform at Watt and Interstate 80. Deputy Alex Ladwig was assigned to the light rail detail. He has been with the sheriff's department for about four years, and had been assigned to light rail duty for about a year.

The sheriff's department said Ladwig was working overtime when the shooting happened. He was brought in because Regional Transit was having problems at a few stations and wanted extra officers in place.

Law enforcement searched for the suspect for several hours following the shooting. They had a perimeter set up around the Red Roof Inn on Watt Avenue, where they believe the suspect was holed up.

The sheriff's department says their robot located 27-year-old Nicory Marquis Spann around 9:15 p.m.. They say he was hiding in an outdoor hallway on the second floor of the motel.

The Ladwig was transported to Mercy San Juan hospital. The sheriff's department says he was talking when he was transported to the hospital. He was said to be stable, but he is undergoing facial reconstruction surgery for his injuries.

The deputy originally called in reporting an altercation with Spann just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. It is not known how the altercation began or why it escalated. Responding officers got to the scene within minutes.

Watt Avenue was shut down in the area for several hours and the light rail was stopped while authorities investigated.

Ladwig's friends and family have started a Go Fund Me page to help raise money for him.


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