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Suspect in custody in South Yuba River gun battle, officer shooting

The Grass Valley California Highway Patrol and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department concluded Sunday that there was only one suspect involved in Saturday afternoon’s officer-involved shooting near Edwards Crossing on the South Yuba River.

Initial reports from department officials indicated that a second suspect was in custody for the shooting, which led to a Bureau of Land Management and Grass Valley CHP officer sustaining gunshot wounds.

“Further investigation has revealed that there was only the one shooter at the scene,” CHP spokesperson Greg Tassone said Sunday.

“The second person that was at the scene was just a suspicious person that was in the area after the shooting. We’ve since cleared that person of any involvement in the shooting.”

According to Tassone, on Saturday around noon, CHP officers received a request from BLM personnel to assist with an investigation involving vehicles in the campground area.

A CHP officer met up with a BLM officer around 2:30 p.m., and the two headed together through a small brush trail leading into to a makeshift campsite area managed by the BLM rangers.

“That’s where the incident took place,” Tassone said. “North Bloomfield Road, a little less than a mile north of Edwards Crossing at the South Yuba River Crossing.”

As the two officers were conducting their investigation, they were confronted by an male individual. Tassone said the officers then began to engage in combat shooting with the suspect for several minutes.

During the gun battle, the suspect suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The BLM and CHP officers were also wounded by gun fire, though CHP was previously unclear as to how their officer was injured.

“He was wounded in the lower body, the legs,” Tassone said.

“He was treated at the scene and was still able to drive himself into town to get medical treatment at the hospital because there was a shortage in ambulance personnel, and he didn’t want to wait.”

The CHP officer was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, was released and is currently recovering at home, according to Tassone who was last updated on the officer’s status early Sunday morning.

According to North San Juan Fire District Public Information Officer Christoffer Montelius, the BLM officer sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder while the suspect suffered two gunshot wounds in the incident.

Montelius said North San Juan Fire treated the BLM officer and the suspect at the scene before they were both flown by a CHP helicopter to Sutter Roseville Trauma, where they were receiving ongoing treatment as of early Sunday morning.

While Tassone says the names of the officers and suspect involved in the case will not be released to the public at this time, the sheriff’s investigation team, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will release more case information in the coming week.

“The FBI was taking a heavy role in the crime scene processing because it did occur on federal land,” Tassone said. “But at this point, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department is going to be the lead investigation agency for the whole matter.”

Immediately after the shooting occurred, bystanders in the area reported seeing a suspicious suspect near the area of the scene and gave police a description of the man and the direction he was headed.

Law enforcement officers were able to make contact with the man and a short time later were able to rule him out as a suspect in the shooting, but they found out he was wanted on $10,000 of outstanding warrants; he was detained and arrested in the unrelated matters.

Around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, the sheriff’s department also put out a notice to police to look out for a man by the name of Kevin Roy Radon, an individual potentially acquainted with the sole suspect of the shooting.

“He was reported to me as possibly someone who knows the suspect or that may have been previously at that makeshift campsite,” Tassone said.

“They were suggesting he was a person of interest as knowing the background and motive in the shooting, but he was not involved in the shooting at all.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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