Suspected shooter evades police on motorcycle on Highway 49 through Nevada County |

Suspected shooter evades police on motorcycle on Highway 49 through Nevada County

Douglas MacDuff

A man wanted for attempted homicide was spotted by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy Friday morning, but managed to escape capture during an extended chase and search along Highway 49.

Douglas Ralph MacDuff, 27, of Grass Valley, reportedly shot another man during an altercation Jan. 3 before fleeing the scene, and is considered armed and dangerous. Deputies have not recovered the handgun used in the shooting, and it may still be in MacDuff’s possession, authorities said.

A deputy on patrol spotted a motorcyclist eastbound on Pleasant Valley Road near Vicki Drive at around 9 a.m. Friday and positively identified the rider, whose visor was flipped up, as MacDuff. A traffic stop was attempted but the motorcyclist failed to yield, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Jakobs.

A pursuit ensued down Pleasant Valley Road but the deputy lost sight of the dirt bike, Jakobs said, A California Highway Patrol helicopter that was in the area found the motorcyclist and began following him overhead before losing sight of it as well, Jakobs added.

The dirt bike reportedly was last spotted by a construction crew on Tyler-Foote Crossing Road near Ananda, said Sheriff’s Lt. Sam Brown.

Authorities have been on the lookout for MacDuff since the afternoon of Jan. 3. The shooting occurred after MacDuff and a woman, who were in a reportedly stolen vehicle, crashed into a hillside in the 12000 block of Sweetland Road near Pleasant Valley Road. The woman and her dog were injured during an altercation involving the man who was subsequently shot. MacDuff reportedly shot him at least one time in the torso with a handgun before fleeing on foot.

The 34-year-old shooting victim was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and remains in stable condition, Jakobs said.

The woman was also taken to Roseville, treated for a head wound and released, but the dog succumbed to its injuries.

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

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