2 correctional officers critically hurt when ex-convict opened fire in jail lobby in Fresno

FRESNO, California -- Authorities say there are no immediate plans to change security arrangements in the lobby of a central California jail where two unarmed officers were shot and wounded.

Fresno County sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti said Sunday, September 4th that officials will review what happened Saturday and decide whether changes need to be implemented.

Thong Vang, an ex-convict, is accused of shooting correctional Officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan, who are both in critical condition.

Authorities say the pair approached Vang after he tried to cut in the jail visitors line and began pacing near a secure area Saturday.

Sheriff Margaret Mims says Vang opened fire as the officers tried to get him to sit down. She says he surrendered after a lieutenant returned fire.

Botti says the lobby of the Fresno County jail is guarded by unarmed officers and visitors go through metal detectors leading to secure areas. He says the jail lobby is closed but may reopen later in the day.

Vang was released from prison in 2014 after serving 16 years for raping three girls.