Sheriff’s deputy injured at Lake Nacimiento
May 28, 2010
UPDATE: A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy was injured Friday evening at Lake Nacimiento when a fleeing parolee from Salinas tried to kill the officer with his truck.
Deputies responded to a call of a disturbance at the popular campground shortly after 7:30 p.m. As the officers approached, the suspect–later identified as Michael Garrett Youngblood–attempted to flee by driving his truck through an adjacent camp site. Youngblood hit a tent and allegedly drove towards one of the deputies.
The deputy fired his gun before being struck by the truck and knocked to the ground. He suffered a compound fracture in his leg. Youngblood tried to back up, but his vehicle became stuck in the dirt and he was quickly taken into custody.
No one was injured by the gun shots.
The injured deputy was airlifted to Twin Cities Hospital where he is listed in good condition.
A press release sent out earlier in the evening by Sheriff’s department spokesperson Rob Bryn reported the deputy had actually been shot
“A deputy has been shot and the person believed responsible is in custody at Nacimiento Lake,” Bryn told the local media. “The wounded deputy has been transported to Twin Cities Hospital with a gunshot wound. No further information is available at this time. PIO responding to Lake Nacimiento to staging area at the new boat ramp.”
As more information becomes available, CalCoastNews will keep you updated.