Nevada County sheriff says Dustin Kirk raised gun at deputies before he was fatally shot |

Nevada County sheriff says Dustin Kirk raised gun at deputies before he was fatally shot

Authorities remained on the scene Tuesday morning of the scene of a fatal shooting.

Two Nevada County deputies are on administrative leave with pay after fatally shooting a man who confronted them with a weapon early Tuesday, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Dustin Alan Kirk, 35, of Grass Valley, was shot outside a 13000 block Brookview Drive home around 3:20 a.m. after two deputies responded to a domestic dispute, Royal said.

Deputies were told that a son had assaulted his mother. They spotted Kirk moments after arriving at the home, reports state.

"The suspect ran out of the front door of the residence and raised his weapon at the officers," Royal said. "That's when they fired."

The deputies' names weren't released. The shooting is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Justice.

According to Royal, a relative who wasn't at the Brookview Drive home called 911 about the domestic incident involving Kirk and his mother. Dispatchers heard that the mother was hurt and Kirk intoxicated.

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Deputies then responded to the home and saw Kirk with an assault-type rifle, the sheriff said.

"They're confronted by him, he's displaying a firearm, they engage him," Royal said, adding that it doesn't appear Kirk fired his weapon.

The mother was taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.

Authorities will perform an autopsy on Kirk's body. Preliminary results are expected this week, Royal said.

Two investigations into the shooting are ongoing.

The first, which involves the Nevada County District Attorney's Office, will determine if the shooting was lawful. The second, performed by the Sheriff's Office, will examine if the shooting was within that department's policies, Royal said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.


For Immediate Release

On 12/27/2016 at about 3:17 in the morning, deputies were dispatched to the 13000 block of Brookview Drive for a 911 call regarding a disturbance that was occurring between a mother and her son. Deputies were told that the son was under the influence of alcohol and had physically assaulted his mother. Within minutes of arriving on scene deputies were confronted by a male armed with a firearm. The deputies engaged the male and discharged their handguns, killing him.

The decedent is 35 year old Dustin Kirk of Grass Valley. The two deputies that were involved have been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit with the assistance of District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Justice will conduct the investigation surrounding the incident.

Keith Royal Sheriff-Coroner

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