Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Sac Sheriff's Deputy Identified

Sacramento Sheriff's Department investigators on Wednesday identified the man arrested for allegedly shooting Deputy Alex Ladwig in the face during on Tuesday evening at Regional Transit platform on Watt Avenue and Interstate 80 in North Highlands.  Sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested Nicory Marquis Spann, 27, of Sacramento for the shooting.

According to department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull, it was little before 6:00 p.m. on June 27 when Ladwig used his radio to inform dispatchers that a suspect was fighting with him on the platform.  "Shortly after the initial radio transmission," said Turnbull, "the officer updated that he had been shot."

Other deputies rushed to the scene along with officers from other local agencies. The Sheriff’s helicopter was overhead immediately, and observed the suspect run into the Red Roof Inn on Watt Avenue. A perimeter was immediately set up around the motel and a standoff began, while Ladwig was transported by ambulance to a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.

Nicory Marquis Spann of Sacramento.  Booking photo courtesy Sacramento Sheriff's Dept.

Deputies began clearing the hotel methodically with the assistance of a law enforcement robot, according to Turnbull. Shortly at about 9:00 p.m. the robot located Spann hiding in an alcove in an outside hallway of the motel, and deputies were able to move in and arrest him without a fight.

Detectives said that Ladwig approached Spann on the R.T. platform for an unknown reason. They claim Spann violently attacked the deputy without provocation and began fighting with him. At some point during the fight, Spann was able to get Ladwig's gun and fired two shots. One of the shots struck the deputy in the face.

Spann was arrested on a charge of attempted murder on a peace officer, and was booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail. He is currently ineligible for bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday, June 30.

Deputy Alex Ladwig is a four year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department and is currently assigned to Regional Transit.

Alex Ladwig.  Photo courtesy Sacramento Sheriff's Dept.

Ladwig was listed in stable condition with major facial injuries at the time of this report.

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