Sacramento deputy shot in face after confrontation with suspect

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A Sacramento deputy was shot in the face Tuesday night. SWAT officers found the 27-year-old suspect after a tense standoff. Officials say the deputy is stable, but had to undergo surgery. (KGO-TV)

A Sacramento deputy was shot in the face Tuesday night. SWAT officers found the 27-year-old suspect after a tense standoff. Officials say the deputy is stable, but had to undergo surgery.

The suspect was arrested just after 9 p.m. at a nearby motel.

The incident started around 6 p.m. Tuesday when officials say the deputy "made contact" with the suspect at a light rail station near Interstate 80 and Watt Avenue.

Deputies say there was a confrontation and the suspect shot the deputy in the face and that the suspect was seen running to a nearby Red Roof Inn.

SWAT officers then surrounded the motel and evacuated guests.

"I was looking out the window and SWAT team basically pointed at me -- at the window, and said the guy at the window had AK47's -- told me to get out of my room with my hands over my head," said one witness, Tony.

The suspect was eventually spotted by a police robot. Officials say the deputy is a four-year veteran, who was working overtime because security had recently been increased at several lightrail stations.

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