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Suspect Killed Himself, Not Shot By Police

It was NOT a Grass Valley Police officer’s bullet that killed a suspect back in May. Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell has concluded his investigation of the incident on Highway 174 at the Bear River, which started with a drug deal gone bad, led to a high-speed chase, and then ultimately resulted in a gunfight, and the death of Rod Dankers…

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Newell says before the shooting, Dankers had shot at his drug partner, and chased him into Grass Valley, and that’s when the police department got involved. Newell says there was a criminal investigation followed by an independent inquiry, but now as far as he is concerned, the matter is now closed…

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Dankers was found with two weapons–a gun in his hand, and another near his body. The officers have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.

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