A man apparently had a death wish Tuesday night in the Ducor area after he attacked a Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop on Road 192 near Avenue 48, according to the sheriff’s report. The deputy shot the man during a struggle.
Both the deputy and the alleged assailant were hospitalized after the incident. The deputy has been released from the hospital while the suspect, Orlando Garcia Ensaldo, 30, of Mexico, remains under care and faces charges of attempted murder. The driver of the vehicle, his father Nicholas Sanchez Ensaldo, 52, of Mexico was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and and INS hold.
Public information officer Sergeant Chris Douglass said the deputy pulled the car over just before 9 p.m. and a few minutes later the alleged assailant, a passenger in the car, grabbed the hatchet and assaulted the officer. During the struggle, the deputy shot the man.
After other deputies arrived, Nicholas Ensaldo was booked on charges of driving under the influence. The father and son resided in the Richgrove area, according to deputies.
The Deputy has been with the Sheriff’s Department since June of 2010. He was also a prior employee of the Tulare County Probation Office. As customary, the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Updates will be posted as additional information is available. Douglass can be contacted at email@example.com or 559-735-1832.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488. You may also report your information anonymously through the TipNow program. Text or leave a voicemail at 559-725-4194 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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