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1 dead in officer-involved shooting

Law enforcement officers document the scene of Thursday afternoon’s officer-involved shooting near the intersection of Alta Sierra and Names drives in the Nevada County community of Alta Sierra.
Photo: Elias Funez

A woman reported to have been acting erratically while armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Nevada County sheriff’s deputy Thursday, authorities said.

“My heartfelt condolences are with the friends and family of the young woman,” Sheriff Shannan Moon said in a prepared statement, adding she is committed to ensuring a thorough and unbiased investigation.

“Shortly after 1 p.m., the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received several calls of a subject walking in the middle of Alta Sierra Drive with two small children,” sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Trygg said in a press release. “The reporting parties advised that the adult was possibly under the influence.”



Several deputies responded to the area near Names Drive and made contact with the woman, Trygg said.

“Within minutes, deputies on scene advised this was now an officer-involved shooting,” he said.



According to Trygg, members of the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, as well as Grass Valley and Truckee police officers, were at the scene after the shooting.

The District Attorney’s Office has taken the lead in the investigation, to determine if the force used was justified and lawful, said Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh.

“What we currently know is that members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office had contact with a female adult who was armed with a knife,” Walsh said in a prepared statement. “During the incident, one deputy fired his service weapon at the female adult and she died as a result.”

Life-saving measures were attempted and the woman was transported to an area hospital before she was pronounced dead, Walsh said. The woman’s identity had not yet been released as of press time, but Walsh said she was 33 or 34 years old and had connections to Oregon and California.

According to Walsh, a second deputy tried to deploy a Taser at some point prior to the shooting. Both deputies currently are on administrative leave, he confirmed.

The two children, who appeared to both be younger than 5 years old, are in the custody of Child Protective Services, Walsh said.

“We will provide updates promptly while also being careful to provide accurate information,” he said. “This investigation will be conducted in a manner that promotes transparency and fosters public trust.”

While officer involved shootings are rare in Nevada County, the most recent was only 13 months ago when Gabriel Strickland was shot during a standoff on New Year’s Day. An attorney for Strickland’s family filed a lawsuit last week, alleging unlawful use of force and deliberate indifference to medical needs.

UPDATE at 4:53 p.m.

A woman reported to have been acting erratically while armed with a knife was shot and killed by Nevada County sheriff’s deputies Thursday.

The woman’s identity had not yet been released as of press time.

“Shortly after 1 p.m., the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received several calls of a subject walking in the middle of Alta Sierra Drive with two small children,” sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Trygg said in a press release. “The reporting parties advised that the adult was possibly under the influence.”

Several deputies responded to the area near Names Drive and made contact with the woman, Trygg said.

“Within minutes, deputies on scene advised this was now an officer-involved shooting,” he said..

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has taken the lead in investigating the shooting, to determine if the force used was justified and lawful, said Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh.

“What we currently know is that members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office had contact with a female adult who was armed with a knife,” Walsh said in a prepared statement. “During the incident one deputy fired his service weapon at the female adult and she died as a result.”

UPDATE at 2:09 p.m.

From a release:

This afternoon, shortly after 1 pm, the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received several calls of a subject walking in the middle of Alta Sierra Dr with two small children. The reporting parties advised that the adult was possibly under the influence. Several deputies responded to the area and ultimately made contact with the involved parties. Within minutes, deputies on scene advised this was now an officer-involved shooting.

Investigators identify potential pieces of evidence as they document the scene of Thursday’s shooting.
Photo: Elias Funez

Investigators from the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office are on scene. As more information becomes available, we will send out an update. For now, we ask that everyone avoid the area of Alta Sierra Drive and Names Drive.

Area residents look on as members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and Nevada County District Attorney’s Office work the scene of the shooting.
Photo: Elias Funez

Initially posted

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to avoid the area of Names and Alta Sierra Drive due to a “critical incident,” according to a Facebook Post.

“We are currently working a critical incident in the area of Names and Alta Sierra Drive, please avoid the area for now. There is no threat to the public,” the post read.

An investigator places a marker denoting a potential piece of evidence along Names Drive near Alta Sierra Drive Thursday afternoon where an officer involved shooting took place.
Photo: Elias Funez
Police tape surrounds the scene of Nevada County’s officer involved shooting which occurred Thursday afternoon near the intersection of Names and Alta Sierra Drive.
Photo: Elias Funez
A Nevada County representative of the District Attorney’s Office arrives at the scene of Thursday afternoon’s officer involved shooting in Alta Sierra.
Photo: Elias Funez
Law enforcement officers work the scene of Thursday afternoon’s officer-involved shooting near the intersection of Alta Sierra and Names drives in the Nevada County community of Alta Sierra.
Photo: Elias Funez

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