Fresno county jail will now have armed officers

Fresno County Jail

The Fresno county jail lobby is back open --- but now, there's noticeable changes when it comes to security.

From when we're kids, we're taught a jail is where bad people go, that's what police say happened on Saturday morning. Thong Vang showed up to the jail as a visitor, with a gun. After being told to wait to see an inmate, police say he got violent.

Officer Davila was back in records when she was called to come to the lobby because a person was causing problems. She went through the door to the lobby and that's when she was fired at.

Officer Davila and Scanlan shot in the head and neck, both officers were unarmed because policy is that correctional officers cannot carry guns, only peace officers (deputies and police) are able to do that.

Sheriff Margaret Mims said on Saturday, “We've been in discussion for many years about making the correctional officers, peace officers. And determining who is armed and who is not in the jail. of course, not even deputy sheriff's carry firearms on the floors of the jail. No one does.”

Until now. Two days after the shooting, the lobby is back open to the public with a new look. Sheriff Mims has assigned an armed correctional officer to stand guard in the lobby of the Fresno county jail, 24 hours a day.

To help protect those who are hired to help protect those who break the law.

Mims said, “I want to commend them for stepping up every day and doing that job. a job that many people wouldn’t even think about trying.”

To make donations to the injured officers and their families, click here to visit their GoFundMe page.

Donations of other items may be brought to FDSA Headquarters. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a drop off time, please call Eric Schmidt at (559) 281-8784.

Those wishing to write a check may make it payable to: Fresno Deputy Sheriff's Association. In the memo column, please write: Injured officers fund. Checks can be mailed to:

FDSA 1360 Van Ness Avenue Fresno, CA 93721.