Unruly Patient Shot Dead by Sheriff’s Deputy

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The Department of Justice has joined the investigation into an incident that escalated to a patient being shot by a Plumas County Sheriff’s deputy.

According to a release from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy showed up to the Eastern Plumas Health Care hospital, off of 1st Avenue, around 12:48 a.m. Sunday to deal with a reportedly unruly patient causing some kind of disturbance.

At the hospital, the 53-year-old patient confronted the deputy – sparking a violent struggle that ended with the deputy opening fire on the patient.

The 53-year-old later died at the hospital. His identity is being withheld at this time.

Both the Department of Justice and the Plumas County District Attorney’s office are looking into the case. The deputy involved in the incident has been placed on paid administrative leave, per standard procedure.

The sheriff’s office notes that there have been “menacing” and “threatening” statements made to the local law enforcement community by unidentified members of Portola.

“This behavior is despicable and reflects very poorly on those individuals and should be discouraged,” the sheriff’s office noted in a release.

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1 Comment

  • JHMSacramento

    The Deputy should appropriately be seen as guilty–whether of depraved indifference to the value of human life, or else guilty of gross incompetence.

    The bottom line is that the Deputy wasn't up to the job and didn't have the good sense and respect for human life that should have caused him to let the man stay in the room until he had enough help to handle the situation.