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Deputies may have shot bystander in Rancho Cordova

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether a man shot by officers in a Rancho Cordova standoff was actually involved in the incident.

The department Friday also announced the arrest of Ben Ledford, 62, in the incident – spurred by reports of gunshots Thursday that prompted the shutdown of several of the area’s schools.

Sheriff’s officials originally reported on Thursday that an officer shot one of two men who came out of the house next door to Ledford’s holding guns.

On Friday, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said it is uncertain whether the man the officer shot was actually carrying a gun. The man is in a hospital for the injury and is not under arrest as “a finding has not yet been made with respect to any criminal culpability on that person’s part” Ramos said in a press release. The extent of his injuries was not released.

Ramos said he could not release further details.

Ledford is charged with assault with a machine gun, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and cruelty to animals. Officers found a deceased dog inside a residence across the street, which sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos now says appears to have been the primary target of several gunshots reported Thursday afternoon.

Ledford is being held on $1 million bail.

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