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Man Killed By Deputy Squaw Valley Hostage Standoff

A fatal officer-involved shooting incident and hostage situation occurred at a snowy location near Squaw Valley during the early morning hours today (Fri.). Placer County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Troy Sander says an unidentified man was spotted by a Highway Patrol officer driving erratically, possibly under the influence, on Highway 28 in the North Lake Tahoe area. The man refused to pull over, sparking a pursuit that was soon after terminated because of the high rate of speed and hazardous driving conditions. About an hour later, a deputy spotted the driver on Highway 28 near Dollar Hill Road, which resulted in a second pursuit…

click to listen to Lt. Sander

So, Sander says, a second set of spike strips were deployed. The driver soon after stopped and got out, holding a woman at gunpoint. He walked away, while pointing his gun at deputies and passing vehicles. Sander says at one point the man tried unsucessfully to carjack the driver of one of the passing vehicles. The man then began walking up the driveway of a home, with officers still following and trying to negotiate with him..

click to listen to Lt. Sander

It’s not known if the man and the woman knew each other and, if they did, what their relationship was.

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