Investigators now say it was a marijuana deal gone bad that lead to the Grass valley Police Department finding themselves involved in an offer involved shooting last evening that left one suspect dead. The Nevada County Sheriff’s office is conducting the investigation and Sheriff Keith Royal reports two parties had apparently agreed to meet in the unincorporated area of the county for the marijuana transaction, but then disagreed on the price.
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Police Dispatch received a 911 call and based on the callers description , Grass Valley Police located the suspect vehicle and a pursuit lasting approximately 10 minutes and reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph ended when the suspect vehicle left Hwy 174 onto a service road leading under the Bear River Bridge in Nevada County where it came to an abrupt stop. Officers engaged the lone occupant of the vehicle at which time shots were fired .
The driver of the vehicle was later pronounced dead at the scene. He’s described only as a male in his early 60’s pending notification of next of kin. Sheriff Keith royal says the incident is unfortunately not that uncommon in the County.
The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation of the incident and three Grass Valley Police Officers involved in the incident remain on administrative leave in accordance with department policy following a shooting.