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UPDATE: Authorities call off search for shooter, missing man


Authorities have stopped searching for both a suspect who shot a Search and Rescue volunteer and the missing man who led SAR workers into the Yuba River canyon, Sheriff Keith Royal said Thursday.

Deputies have scoured the area where SAR volunteer Steven Wolf, 69, was shot in the hip Tuesday evening. Two other volunteers with Wolf were uninjured. A helicopter removed the men that night, and Wolf remained Thursday in the hospital in stable condition, officials said.

"We've scoured that area," Royal said.

Deputies found a marijuana grow with 12 to 15 plants over a half mile from the shooting. The grow appears unconnected to the shooting, Royal said.

The volunteers were searching for Timothy Hansston, a Tulare County man who went missing last week, when Wolf was shot.

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Steven Wolf, identified as the Search and Rescue volunteer who was shot as he searched for a missing hiker, is in stable condition, Placer County authorities said Wednesday.

Wolf, 69, of Newcastle, fell to the ground Tuesday evening with a gunshot wound to the hip as he helped look for Timothy Hansston, a Tulare County man who went missing last week. The two searchers with Wolf were uninjured, authorities said.

"He's been stabilized and he's in medical care at a local trauma unit," Placer County Sheriff's Lt. Troy Minton-Sander said.

The shooter remained at large on Wednesday afternoon. The search for Hansston has been suspended.

Authorities spent Wednesday searching for the shooter, deploying tactical teams from Yuba, Placer and Nevada counties. A deputy was sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion, was treated and released, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

"It's a tough search," he added.

Wolf and the two other searchers were about three miles downstream from Washington when they heard two gunshots. Wolf was hit. The other two people found shelter.

The canyon is steep in the area, and a helicopter was used to remove all three searchers. Helicopters also were involved in Wednesday's search, authorities said.

The public is urged to avoid the river canyon area during the search for the shooter. The suspect's motive is unknown. Authorities have no suspect description.

Wolf has served as a SAR volunteer for over 10 years. He recently turned down a promotion to Search and Rescue command and control Overhead Team because of his passion for ground-level searching, a release states.

It's normal for a Search and Rescue volunteer from out of county to assist in a local search, Royal said.

Nevada County Search and Rescue volunteers start a local search and then pass the duty to an outside SAR team to allow for recuperation time.

"We help each other out," Royal said.

SAR volunteers require hours of training. The amount of training depends on their specific duties. A volunteer whose focus is ground searching needs less training than someone who works with horses or ties knots, the latter needed for rappelling.

Nevada County has about 120 SAR volunteer members, Royal said.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact the sheriff's office at 530-265-1471 and ask for Sgt. Mike Sullivan.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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