Nevada County deputies involved in shooting; burglary suspect in custody, sheriff says |

Nevada County deputies involved in shooting; burglary suspect in custody, sheriff says

From a release:Shortly before 6:20 AM, this morning a homeowner was leaving his residence as a suspicious vehicle was blocking his driveway. He approached the vehicle and was told by the driver that he was at the wrong address. The victim left his residence after noting the suspect vehicle license number. Shortly thereafter, dispatch received a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress on Forest View Drive in Nevada City from the victim. The victim reported his cell phone received an alert that a window was broken at his residence. Sheriffs deputies responded to the scene. Upon arrival deputies observed the vehicle described by the victim and approached the suspect vehicle. The suspect entered his vehicle, rammed a deputys vehicle and fled the scene. Deputies began a short pursuit with the suspect vehicle coming to a stop off of Horseshoe Lane. Soon thereafter, dispatch received reports of shots fired and suspect down. The suspect received several gunshot wounds to his extremities. The suspect was transported via air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Hospital for treatment of his injuries; none of which are life-threatening at this time. The suspect is identified as Christopher Mills, age 39. As per protocol related to officer-involved shootings, four deputies have been placed on Administrative Leave.

The suspect in a Thursday officer-involved shooting revved his engine at the end of a police chase, planning to back his vehicle into patrol cars moments before he was shot in the arms and legs, according to initial reports.

Christopher Mills, 39, remained that day at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Once released into custody, not expected for several days, Mills will face charges of burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The four deputies involved in the shooting are on administrative leave with pay. Interviews are expected with them today, the sheriff added.

“There definitely was fear for their safety,” Royal said. “He was revving his engine and preparing to back into the officers.”

Mills’ arrest stems from a 6:20 a.m. burglary on Forest View Drive in Nevada City. Authorities in a release state that the homeowner was leaving when he saw a suspicious vehicle blocking his driveway. The homeowner approached and was told by the other driver, later identified as Mills, that he had the wrong address.

The homeowner then left. Moments later he received a cell phone alert, informing him that a window was broken at his house. He called authorities, who responded to his home and found Mills’ vehicle in the driveway, the release states.
“The suspect entered his vehicle, rammed a deputy’s vehicle and fled the scene,” it adds.

Deputies chased Mills about two to three minutes before the pursuit ended off Horseshoe Lane.

Sirens from that chase woke Sean Painter, who lives nearby. Painter said he jumped from his bed before 7 a.m. and looked outside.

“I saw a police chase going down through the woods,” he said.

Horseshoe Lane ends in what Painter called a dirt walking path not meant for vehicles.

“I heard the police yell a command to get down and put their hands up,” Painter said. “Then I heard an exchange of gunfire. It was a prolonged amount of gunfire.”

An air ambulance took Mills to the Roseville hospital, the release states. His condition is unknown, though Royal said the injuries weren’t life threatening.

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

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