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Homicide under investigation in Nevada City

A man found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a Nevada City residence Wednesday is believed to be the victim of a homicide, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Another man identified as the primary suspect in the homicide, who was being pursued by authorities in Eureka County, Nevada, has been confirmed to have died of a gunshot wound later in the day after a chase, although it is not known whether he was killed by law enforcement or took his own life, authorities said.

The victim of the homicide is a British citizen, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday, but neither the victim nor the suspect have yet been identified by authorities.



Sheriff’s deputies found the first man’s body at a residence on the 13000 block of Bodie Ridge Road around noon Wednesday, Lt. Sean Scales said. The Sheriff’s Office had responded to the residence after a request from the Eureka County Sheriff’s Office to search the home.

Eureka County authorities identified the address after a Wednesday morning vehicle pursuit of the suspect, learning that the license plate was registered to the home on Bodie Ridge Road, Scales said.




Eureka County sheriff’s deputies and state patrol initiated a pursuit of the suspect after he allegedly shot a Nevada Transportation worker. The worker was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to coverage from the Reno Gazette-Journal.

A search of the Bodie Ridge Road residence was subsequently conducted by Nevada County authorities, at which point they located the homicide victim, who had died of multiple gunshots wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators with the California Department of Justice responded a short time later and have been assisting local authorities in their homicide investigation, Scales said.

It is not known if the victim lived at this particular residence, although this is considered unlikely due to the man’s status as a UK citizen, according to sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Pettitt. Pettitt also said Nevada County authorities have been in contact with the United Kingdom consulate regarding the homicide.

As of Friday, the Sheriff’s Office is still conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident with Eureka County authorities, DOJ officials, and other agencies, according to Scales.

Stephen Wyer is a staff writer with The Union. He can be reached at swyer@theunion.com


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