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Statewide search on for suspect in Northern California deputy shooting

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 10:19:10-04

(KGTV) - A statewide manhunt is underway for a man suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in Northern California.

Officials with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said a sheriff’s deputy was responding to a domestic violence incident in the Dos Palos area of Merced County when 51-year-old Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera fired at least two shots and struck the deputy.

The deputy, identified by the Merced Sun-Star as a 14-year veteran, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Lopez-Herrera fled following the shooting and was last seen driving a white 2013 GMC Sierra with California license plate 25599H1.

The California Highway Patrol declared a "Blue Alert" due to the search and posted the information on digital boards up and down the state, including in San Diego County.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

According to court documents obtained by the Merced Sun-Star, Lopez-Herrera has a history of involvement in domestic violence incidents.