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GV Police Responded to a Disturbance Sunday Resulting in the Death of a Local Man

In a Press Release from Captain Rex Marks this afternoon:
The Grass Valley Police responded to a disturbance Sunday afternoon that later resulted in the death of a local man. At approximately 3:50pm Sunday, Grass Valley Dispatch received a call of a disturbance in the 600 Block of Freeman Lane involving a male subject reportedly yelling at people from the middle of the street. Officers responding located a White Male Adult partially clothed standing in the street and yelling.

Officers attempted to verbally engage the subject who failed to comply with their commands. The subject was then observed to approach a passing vehicle and, through an open driver side window, strike the driver. The subject was then tased to prevent further harm to him or others and secured without further incident.

The subject, identified as Bruce Wayne Chrestensen: 52 years old of Grass Valley, was transported by ambulance from the scene for medical evaluation and treatment after becoming non-responsive. Chrestensen later died at the hospital. Captain Marks explains the suspect was tased to prevent any further attacks.

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The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has been designated to complete the investigative process. District Attorney Cliff Newell has assigned the case.

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Captain Marks says the department has requested and recieved the independent review and investigation of the circumstances leading to Chrestensen’s death the request is in accordance with departmental policy and procedures.


April 24, 2012

M. Martin

Nice Job GVPD, To Bad Mr. Chrestensen's decision to attack everyone forced the PD to use force.
Glad the officer is OK
Law abiding citizen!

April 25, 2012

Jaye Deen Navo

The police's job is to serve and protect. Based on the statements I have just read it appears they were doing just that. My sympathies to all involved.

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