Nevada County law enforcement shoot armed man, who later dies, reports state
UPDATE at 5:36 p.m.
Nevada County authorities on New Year’s Day shot an armed man in Grass Valley, sending him to the hospital where he later died, reports state.
The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was seen around 1 p.m. with what appeared to be a shotgun over his shoulder as he walked down Squirrel Creek Road, near Adam Avenue. Found by responding police officers and sheriff’s deputies at Oak and Walker drives, the man was told to drop his weapon. Officers then used a Taser on him, which was ineffective, according to a press release.
“Officers on scene fired their duty weapons striking the subject,” the release states. “First aid was immediately rendered; however, the subject was later pronounced deceased at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.”
The report states the man previously had made comments about “suicide by cop.” In one earlier instance, a firearm was taken from him.
The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the man’s actions, as well as the use of force by law enforcement.
“We’re just looking at it from the investigative side of things,” said Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh, who was at the scene Wednesday evening. “It involves officers and deputies from two different agencies.”
Andrew Trygg, public information officer with the Sheriff’s Office, said in an email that no further information would be released at the time.Contacted Wednesday, Police Chief Alex Gammelgard referred all comment to the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities are expected to release more information at a Thursday press conference, Walsh said.
Officers remained at the scene as the sun set Wednesday, ensuring no passersby could enter.
From a release:
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received reports of a male subject walking down Squirrel Creek Road near Adam Avenue with a shotgun over his shoulder. Several law enforcement officers from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Grass Valley Police Department arrived on scene and began conducting an area check. The male subject was located at the intersection of Oak Drive and Walker Drive armed with a suspected firearm. The suspect was given multiple verbal orders to drop the weapon — a taser was deployed but was ineffective. Officers on scene fired their duty weapons striking the subject. First aid was immediately rendered; however, the subject was later pronounced deceased at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
In previous contacts the suspect had made statements regarding “suicide by cop” and in a previous contact one firearm was taken for safekeeping.
The identity of the suspect is not being released pending next of kin notification.
The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office is handling the investigation into the suspect’s actions and law enforcement use of force.
Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.
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