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Police Shooting: Oregon House shooter identified

Via Associated Press and Yuba County Sheriff’s Office press release: A sheriff’s deputy ran into a house in Northern California to pull two wounded colleagues to safety after a shootout with a suspect near a marijuana farm belonging to a Rastafarian church.

The two deputies were expected to survive after their fellow officer, a 22-year veteran, went alone into a house where the gunman had fled, Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor said. The wounded deputies were in fair condition at a hospital, the sheriff’s department said Wednesday on Twitter.

The deputy did not see the suspect or hear gunfire while rescuing the pair Tuesday. SWAT team members later found the suspect dead, likely from shots fired by the deputies, Durfor said, though it’s possible they were self-inflicted.

The suspect had been working for about a month at the farm owned by Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church, which believes that marijuana is sacred and grows it about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

The church’s leader, Heidi Lepp, said she received a call from members who worked on the farm saying the man, who she knew only as “Sawyer,” was ripping up plants and wielding a gun. She told the workers to leave and called authorities.

When the deputies arrived, the suspect fled about 100 yards (91.4 meters) up a hill toward homes on the property. A woman gave the deputies permission to enter her home, and the man opened fire when they entered. The deputies shot back.

The third deputy, who had taken a position at the back door, then ran inside to get his colleagues.

Yuba County Sheriff Investigators have identified the suspect in the shooting incident that occurred in Oregon House Tuesday in which two Yuba County Deputies were shot and seriously injured.

The suspect that was found deceased by SWAT personnel at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday inside a residence where the shooting occurred in the 9000 block of Marysville Road, has been identified as Mark Anthony Sanchez, 33, originally of Gilroy, California.

It is believed that Sanchez was living and working as a caretaker at a marijuana garden located next to the residence where the shooting occurred after Sanchez fled from deputies into the neighboring residence. Sanchez was a previously convicted felon that had served time in California State Prison for multiple violent felonies including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as burglary and possession of stolen property.

It was also discovered that Sanchez had two active warrants out of Gilroy for robbery and disturbing the peace at the time of his death. An autopsy to determine official cause of death for Sanchez is scheduled for Thursday morning.

The two Yuba County Deputies injured in the shooting were listed in fair condition this morning, and are continuing to recover from surgery at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Lepp said a branch of her church owns the property. It does not have a permit to grow medical marijuana in Yuba County.

Her attorney, Joseph Tully, said the church has a good relationship with law enforcement.

“They had no problem calling the authorities, because they were having a problem there,” Tully told the Sacramento Bee newspaper. “They have a very open-door relationship.”

Via Yuba County Sheriff’s Office press release: Yuba County Sheriff Investigators have identified the suspect in the shooting incident that occurred in Oregon House Tuesday in which two Yuba County Deputies were shot and seriously injured.

The suspect that was found deceased by SWAT personnel at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday inside a residence where the shooting occurred in the 9000 block of Marysville Road, has been identified as Mark Anthony Sanchez, 33, originally of Gilroy, California.

It is believed that Sanchez was living and working as a caretaker at a marijuana garden located next to the residence where the shooting occurred after Sanchez fled from deputies into the neighboring residence. Sanchez was a previously convicted felon that had served time in California State Prison for multiple violent felonies including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as burglary and possession of stolen property.

It was also discovered that Sanchez had two active warrants out of Gilroy for robbery and disturbing the peace at the time of his death. An autopsy to determine official cause of death for Sanchez is scheduled for Thursday morning.

The two Yuba County Deputies injured in the shooting were listed in fair condition this morning, and are continuing to recover from surgery at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Via Marysville Appeal-Demcorat:

12 a.m.: The sheriff’s office did not release the suspect’s identity.

The two deputies shot in the incident, which started as a disturbance call over an individual destroying marijuana plants, were a 14-year veteran and a 10-year veteran. They were both airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Both were conscious when they arrived at the hospital, one being shot in the lower pelvic and in the thigh. The other officer was struck in the arm and possibly suffered a second gunshot wound.

A sheriff’s spokesperson told the Appeal-Democrat that both deputies are in serious condition.

4:45 p.m.: Yuba County Sheriff Steven Durfor said in a press conference that the suspect was dead, apparently from gunshot wounds. At this time, it is believed that the male suspect died from return fire by deputies, but said that they could not, until an autopsy is performed, strictly rule out death by a self-inflicted wound.

Via Marysville Appeal-Demcorat:

2:20 p.m.: Both Yuba County sheriff’s deputies are in serious condition and undergoing surgery a Sacramento area hospital, spokesperson Leslie Carbah said.

 

 

“The two officers were airlifted to Sutter Medical Center in Roseville, but their conditions have not been released. Both deputies were alert and talking as they were preparing to head into surgery just before 1:30 p.m., Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor said.

“The incident began about 9 a.m. when someone called the sheriff’s department about someone pulling marijuana plants out at a Rastafarian church at 9019 Marysville Road, the sheriff’s department said.

“Deputies found the man on the long driveway leading up to the home, and a chase ensued. The man ran into a home and began shooting at the officers, Yuba County Under Sheriff Ron Johnson.

“Two deputies were hurt in the gunfire, and officers fired shot back. The shooter got away, but it is unclear if he is locked in a building in the area or if he escaped into the rural area, officials said.

“Officers are not sure if the gunman was hurt in the shooting. His identity and description have not been released.

“People are being asked to avoid the area during the investigation.

“No additional details have been released.”

12:25 p.m.: Undersherrif Ron Johnson said the two deputies were shot after a foot pursuit ended at a residence after they responded to the disturbance call.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Officials are not sure if the suspect remains in the residence; they are searching several areas on the property which includes several trailers, Johnson said.

The FBI is now at scene and a press conference may be held later.

No other injuries have been reported.

11:20 a.m.: Yuba County Undersherrif Ron Johnson confirmed that two deputies were shot and are in stable condition.

Authorities are searching for one suspect and have established a perimeter. Officers and SWAT team members are present at the scene.

The officers were shot after responding to a call before 9 a.m. of an agitated and possibly armed man in the 9000 block of  Marysville Road in Oregon House, officials said.

11:15 a.m.: An Appeal-Democrat reporter at the scene texts that he was told the shooter is still active and law enforcement is still mobilizing around the house.

Initial post:

Two law enforcement officers were shot this morning in an incident at a property on Yuba Ranch Road just off of Marysville Road in Oregon House, a Yuba County sheriff’s official said.

Scanner traffic indicated multiple times that at least one suspect had also been shot.

Sheriff’s office spokesperson Leslie Carbah said the scene is not yet considered secure as of 10:30 a.m.

Air and ground ambulances are responding, as well as SWAT members to secure the residence.

No further information, including updates on the officers’ conditions, is available at this time.

Stay tuned for more information as is becomes available.


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