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Search and Rescue Volunteer Shot in Yuba River Canyon

The continuing search for a missing hiker in the Yuba River canyon three and a half miles downstream from the town of Washington turned violent last evening when one of the search and rescue volunteers who was from Placer county Sheriff’s Search and Rescue,  was shot in the hip. The victim and two other search and rescue volunteers sheltered in place until the injured party could be removed for transport to the hospital for treatment. The patients wound was described as serious but not life threatening.  Numerous agencies were assisting Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in the search for the shooter including helicopters. The incident occurred in a very remote part of the canyon. Tactical teams from both Nevada and Placer County were participating in a search of the area for the shooter.
Sgt. Bob Jakobs of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office released a statement at 10:40 pm last evening saying the victim of the shooting incident outside the town of Washington had been successfully extricated by helicopter and transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital for further treatment. Tactical teams from both Nevada and Placer County were continuing a search of the area for the shooter.

75-year-old Timothy Hansston, from Tulare County, had gone for a hike along the South Yuba River, near the town of Washington and was reported missing by his wife 6 days ago. A search for him was begun then.  Search and Rescue teams as well as specially trained dogs have been searching the Yuba River canyon and trails but Hansston has not been located. After dark last evening Helicopters with Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) were still in the canyon, looking for the shooter.

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