Grass Valley police officer wounded in shooting |

Grass Valley police officer wounded in shooting

A gun fired inside a Grass Valley residence resulted in the wounding of an off-duty Grass Valley police officer shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday at the corner of Bank and Bennett streets in Grass Valley.

According to Grass Valley Police Lt. Alex Gammelgard, a woman fired a weapon inside a residence on the 200 block of Bank Street, which resulted in a bullet going through the wall of an adjacent apartment on Depot Street and striking an off-duty police officer.

The officer reportedly was shot in the foot and transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Nevada County sheriff's deputies and a Nevada City Police officer responded to the scene and assisted in securing the scene and searching both residences.

A number of people were detained and questioned in the incident.

Further investigation revealed that a single gunshot had been fired from an upstairs bedroom, and the single round went through a bookshelf, the wall and exterior siding, Gammelgard said. It then penetrated the window of the Depot Street apartment, striking the victim in the foot. Gammelgard estimated the bullet traveled approximately 20 yards.

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The bullet was removed from his foot, and he is in good condition and expected to make a full recovery, Gammelgard said.

"The bullet obviously is disfigured, but we believe it is from a .270-caliber rifle," he said, adding there were at least two guns in the house.

Grass Valley Police investigators continued to gather evidence and information throughout the day.

At this time, it is believed that the firearm discharge was accidental, Gammelgard said.

The investigative report, including evidentiary findings, will be forwarded to the Nevada County District Attorney's Office for review of criminal charges, if any.

Gammelgard said the woman could face prosecution for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, which could result in a one-year jail sentence.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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