Mental status in question for Nevada City shooting suspect |

Mental status in question for Nevada City shooting suspect

Robert Asa Johnson
Submitted to The Union |

A man arrested earlier this month after a shooting, and charged with assault with a firearm and mayhem, will be evaluated after concerns were raised in court Thursday regarding his mental competence.

Nevada City Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Uren Street on Oct. 11 and arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound to the left arm,.

The victim, who was not being identified, said he was at the property to split some wood for the woman who owns the property, when he began arguing with her son, who lives on the property in an RV.

The victim reportedly owed the son — identified as Robert Asa Johnson, 52 — money. Johnson began yelling at the victim to get off the property. He then reportedly leveled a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun at the victim, then swung it away and fired, hitting him in the left elbow.

The victim was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he has undergone several surgeries.

Johnson’s attorney, Greg Klein, told Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert Tice-Raskin his client is facing serious charges.

But, he added, the victim told him he bears no ill will toward Johnson and said the entire thing was “an accident.”

Klein went on to say that he questioned Johnson’s mental competency, and added that Johnson’s parents shared his concerns.

Tice-Raskin agreed and suspended criminal proceedings against Johnson pending a psychological evaluation. Johnson is set to return to court Nov. 12.

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

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