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Woman arrested in downtown Grass Valley shooting, held on $300K bail

A 66-year-old Grass Valley woman was booked into county jail Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly fired upon a 61-year-old man after an altercation the two had over a tenancy issue, authorities said.

Officers from the Grass Valley Police Department responded to a 911 call at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Steve Johnson. The caller reported that he has been shot by a woman. Numerous police officers arrived at a residence on the 300 block of North Church Street to find an adult male victim with a gun shot wound on his leg.

The victim told the officers that the suspect, Valerie Hayden, came to his house Wednesday morning to confront him about rental fees. When the victim refused to leave the property, Johnson said Hayden allegedly pulled out a small revolver and shot the victim in the leg before fleeing the property.



Twenty minutes after receiving the phone call, officers located Hayden at her home in the 200 block of Richardson Street and took her into custody.

Johnson said Hayden was not a landlord at the victim’s residence, but she knows some of the other people who live on the same property. The victim was not on a lease. And, Johnson, the suspect claimed the victim had not paid rent.




“They knew each other,” said Johnson, “but they are no more than acquaintances.”

The victim was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment, but Johnson said the victim does not have life-threatening injuries.

Hayden is currently being held in the Nevada County jail. She is charged with assault with deadly weapon, with enhancement for causing great bodily injury. Hayden is also charged with making criminal threats, with an enhancement of using a firearm when making the threats. She is currently held in county jail on a $300,000 bail, according to the Sheriff Office website.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email tliu@theunion.com.


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