Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies still seeking shooting suspect |

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies still seeking shooting suspect

Douglas MacDuff

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies are still searching for a man suspected of shooting another man and then fleeing the scene Thursday.

Douglas Ralph MacDuff, 27, of Grass Valley, should be considered armed and dangerous, Nevada County Sheriff-Elect Shannan Moon said in a press release Friday morning.

MacDuff was involved in an altercation in the 27000 block of Sweetland Road, off Highway 49 on the San Juan Ridge, just before 1 p.m. Thursday. MacDuff and a woman were in a reportedly stolen vehicle, which crashed into a hillside in the 12000 block of Sweetland Road near Pleasant Valley Road.

At some point, the woman and her dog were injured during the altercation, possibly from a rock thrown by another man. MacDuff reportedly shot the man at least one time in the torso with a handgun before fleeing on foot.

The sequence of events and the relationships between the involved parties is unclear, said Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Bringolf, adding that the shooting is still being actively investigated.

The 34-year-old shooting victim and the woman, who were not being identified, both were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The dog was taken by Animal Control to a local veterinarian for treatment. The male victim was in stable condition as of Friday morning, Moon said.

During transport, the woman was discovered to have a head wound that might have been caused by a gunshot, according to dispatch reports. The cause of that injury has not been determined, however, Bringolf said Friday afternoon.

Deputies have not recovered the handgun used in this shooting, and it may still be in MacDuff’s possession, Moon said. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1263.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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