A bulletproof vest is being credited with saving the life of Northern California sheriff's deputy who was shot after a suspect allegedly opened fire on him during an eviction attempt, officials said Wednesday.
William Lloyd Nelson, 55, faces attempted murder charges after his arrest early Wednesday for the shooting of the Humboldt County Sheriff's deputy, Lt. Steve Knight said. The deputy was shot in the chest after he and a sergeant attempted to serve a court-ordered eviction notice at Nelson's home in Shelter Cove around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.
"They certainly were not expecting that," Knight said. "There is no doubt that the bulletproof vest definitely saved our deputy's life."
After the deputy was shot, both officers managed to return fire as Nelson retreated and barricaded himself inside his home, Knight said.
More than 40 officers from neighboring law enforcement agencies, including the CHP and a SWAT team from Mendocino County, raced to the scene to block off surrounding areas to prevent Nelson from escaping, Knight said.
After an overnight standoff, Nelson was taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and is in jail on $2 million bail.
The deputy was released from a hospital Tuesday night and was recovering from his wounds, Knight said. His name has not been released.
Humboldt County Sheriff Michael Downey was expected to release more details later Wednesday. The incident remains under investigation.