A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputy is able to return home Sunday after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound that he sustained during an officer-involved shooting last week.
Deputy Richard “Ted” Lehnhoff was chasing after a wanted felon Thursday when he was shot in the lower leg at a cemetery off Templeton Cemetery Road.
A procession of Sheriff’s patrol units escorted his car along Highway 101 as crowds cheered from overpasses.
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It was a joyous day at the Sheriff’s Office today as Sheriff’s Deputy Ted Lehnhoff was released from the hospital. Deputy Lehnhoff was shot in the leg during a gun battle with a wanted felon in Templeton on Thursday. Sheriff’s Deputies were at the hospital to greet Deputy Lehnhoff where he gave a thumbs up and a big smile to be going home. And then a procession of Sheriff’s patrol units escorted the vehicle carrying Deputy Lehnhoff as it made its way up Highway 101 as crowds cheered from overpasses along the route. Deputy Lehnhoff will now finish his recovery at home. Welcome home Ted! It’s good to have you back!
Lehnhoff was described as being in good spirits Friday after undergoing surgery for his injuries a day earlier.
Lehnhoff began his career with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office in April 2008 as a correctional deputy.
In May of 2013, he reportedly went through law enforcement academy in Riverside County and was later assigned to the Indio Courthouse.
Parkinson says in January of 2015, Lehnhoff returned to San Luis Obispo to work as a patrol deputy.
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