A California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden was shot the evening of Feb. 14 but has since been released from the hospital.
Warden Bob Pera, 35, of Placerville, was observing two hunters while on patrol outside of Georgetown after dark, between 8 and 9 p.m., said Lt. Patrick Foy of the DFW.
“Typically,” Foy said, wardens will “make initial observations, to see what hunters are doing,” he said, usually observing for a few minutes. While Pera, who has been with the DFW for 11 years, was observing, a shot was fired. Pera was hit in the hand and neck. It was later found his K9 unit, Ruger, was also injured somehow and was having trouble with its shoulder.
It took a bit of effort to guide other wardens to him, Foy said, as Pera was in a rural area with dirt roads. He was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he had surgeries on his hand and neck.
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated, as a matter of standard procedure, by an outside agency. In this case, Foy said, it is the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office who is investigating. Foy said he was impressed with EDSO’s handling of the investigation.
Pera was released from the hospital Sunday evening. “He’s doing much better,” Foy said.