2015-10-01 / Front Page

Deputies involved in shooting identified

The Mariposa County Sheriff's deputies involved in a shootout last week with suspect Brian Ballasch were identified.

They are Justin Sponhaltz, Mike King and Tim Lemmons. The trio is on paid administrative leave, which is common practice after a deputy-involved shooting that is under investigation.

Ballasch, 35 of Merced, will be arraigned Oct. 13 in Mariposa on a variety of charges, including three counts of attempted murder on a police officer.

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