BLM officer, suspect shot in Edwards Crossing incident
June 16, 2014
A reported shooting late Saturday afternoon near Edwards Crossing on the South Yuba River has resulted in a law enforcement officer and a civilian both sustaining gun-shot wounds.
California Highway Patrol was called to assist a Bureau of Land Management officer in the North Bloomfield and Grizzly Hill area.
According to North San Juan Fire District Public Information Officer Christoffer Montelius, an officer sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder, while an other person suffered two gun shot wounds in the incident, which occurred between Edwards Crossing of the Yuba River and the South Yuba campground.
Greg Tassone, PIO for the CHP, said though details remain unclear, two suspects were involved in an incident with the BLM officer. Both are in custody.
"We were assisting for several minutes, before there was an officer involved shooting, involving one CHP officer and BLM officer," Tassone said.
As word of the incident spread on social media, concern of a suspect being on the loose was shared.
"At this point, we know there were two suspects involved," Tassone said. "Both suspects are in custody. There is nobody at large. Initially we were trying to locate the second suspect, and that may be where that (rumor) came from. But fairly quickly we were able to locate him and take him into the custody."
Montelius said North San Juan Fire treated both the officer and one suspect at the scene. The officer was flown by Calstar helicopter, and the suspect by CHP helicopter, to Sutter Roseville Trauma Center.
When the call came in at 3 p.m. NSJFD was already involved in another call where Nevada County sheriff's officers were also dispatched, Montelius said. NSJFD received mutual aid from Jim Turner of Nevada County Consolidated Fire District at the shooting incident.
Tassone said the investigation continues with Nevada County Sheriff's Office taking the lead in coordinating the investigation.
"It's standard procedure with such incidents," Tassone said. "We ask allied agencies that handle same jurisdictions to take the lead, making it clear to other parties and public that (investigations of officer-involved shootings) are done by an outside agency."
Tassone said the CHP officer received minor injuries, but it was not clear how the injury was sustained. He said the officer reported a surface wound that was being treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
"We haven't heard much more on statuses, but I know the officer was reported to be doing well and expected to make a full recovery," Tassone said, adding that he had no information on the status of the shooting suspect.
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