GOLD RUN (CBS13) – A church caretaker is recovering after getting shot while confronting an armed robber in Gold Run.
The incident led Placer County deputies on a manhunt for 25-year-old John Waninger who was already wanted for murder out of San Bernardino County.READ MORE: Sheriff: Deputy Likely Saved Motorcyclist’s Life With Tourniquet After Amador County Crash
Waninger is accused of killing 34-year-old Travis Payment of Victorville just days before showing up at the Pioneer Union Church in Gold Run.
Deputies say he was attempting to steal property when the church’s caretaker confronted him.
At some point, the caretaker took a photo of the suspect using his cell phone and the suspect demanded he hand it over.
In a surveillance video released by the sheriff’s office, you can hear a single gunshot and partially see the suspect hit the caretaker in the head with his gun.
Deputies say the caretaker was hit in the jaw but is expected to be okay.READ MORE: Growth Of Dixie Fire Slows Considerably; Full Containment Expected By Mid-August
Following the shooting, Waninger began demanding money from the caretaker before fleeing. He was eventually tracked down after being spotted on I-80 and arrested for attempted murder, robbery, and burglary.
“You could tell something big was happening,” said Roberta who lives in the area.
Roberta lives not far from the church and was heading home when she says authorities came out in full force.
She’s shocked to learn the suspect was already wanted for murder and is glad he wasn’t able to escape yet another violent crime.
“I’m thankful for that I am,” she said.
We did attempt to speak to the church but were told no comment.MORE NEWS: Paul Flores To Face Judge In Preliminary Hearing In Kristin Smart Murder Case