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Suspect Killed in Domestic Dispute Standoff

A domestic dispute in Nevada County ended with Sheriff’s deputies shooting and killing the suspect Saturday afternoon. Deputies responded to a home in the 12 thousand block of Wolf Road, near Duggan’s Road around 12:30 p.m. and had to make a forced entry. Inside, they found the 53-year-old suspect, identified as John Salazar, standing at the top of some stairs with a knife held to his girlfriend’s neck.  The suspect said if the deputies came any closer, he would kill his girlfriend. The suspect then barricaded himself and his girlfriend in a bedroom upstairs.  Both a negotiator and a SWAT team were called out to the scene, a cell phone was thrown through a window, but the suspect refused to speak with the negotiator. By 3:30 pm… Deputies decided to make contact in the bedroom, where they shot and instantly killed the suspect. Salazar was a recently released parolee and a two-strike offender.  The man’s girlfriend sustained injuries, but they  do not appear  be from the gunfire. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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