A Sierra County deputy sheriff shot a man after the suspect led the deputy on a high speed chase on Highway 49. The shooting happened in the early morning hours Sunday July 1st, but the incident started earlier when a 911 caller from the Brass Rail Saloon in North San Juan reported a male adult was inside the saloon, intoxicated and threatening the bar tender as well as other patrons with a semi automatic handgun. Nevada County Deputies responded, and while en route, were advised the man left the saloon, engaged in a physical altercation in the parking lot with another man then fled the area in a vehicle headed northbound on Highway 49.
Nevada County dispatchers advised surrounding law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle, and a Sierra County Deputy on patrol located the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Highway 49 near Goodyears Bar in Sierra County. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal says a chase ensued to several miles north of Downieville
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The Deputy fired, wounding the suspect. The suspect who has not been identified was flown by helicopter to Enloe Hospital with gun shot wounds and is recovering. Sierra County Sheriff John Evans requested mutual aid, and Investigators from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department and Major crime Unit and Nevada Count District attorney’s Office are leading the investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting. Sheriff royal says it is common for out side agencies to help give a independent look at a law enforcement shooting.