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Deputy Sheriff Erik Jon Telen | Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Erik Jon Telen

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

Badge # 7647

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Erik Telen was shot and killed investigating a burglary call at a local residence at approximately 7:00 pm.

Neighbors of the home had called deputies after they were confronted by a suspicious man who threatened them and then walked towards the house. Contact was made with relatives of the home's owner who stated the owners were out of town. When the deputies arrived they located an open window. They entered the house in an attempt to locate the suspect and as they entered a hallway, the heavily armed suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Telen.

The second deputy retreated and called for backup. Responding deputies were able to get Deputy Telen out of the home and transport him to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect was apprehended after a five-hour standoff.

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison on October 20, 2008.

Deputy Telen had been employed with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department for 18 months. He had also served three years with the Ontario, California Police Department.

He is survived by his expectant wife and two young daughters. Deputy Telen's son was born on October 1, 2001, and named after his father.

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