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Deputy released from hospital after he was injured during Templeton officer-involved shooting

Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 19:17:59-04

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.

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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