Authorities investigate officer-involved shooting in Grass Valley that left 1 man dead

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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (KTXL) -- Authorities in Grass Valley are investigating an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon that left one man dead, according to a joint statement by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office and the Grass Valley Police Department.

The shooting happened on New Year's Day at the intersection of Walker Drive and Oak Street, according to officials.

Officials said deputies responded just before 1 p.m. to reports of a male suspect walking on Squirrel Creek Road near Adam Avenue with a shotgun over his shoulder.

Police officers later located the suspect and gave him multiple orders to drop the weapon and the man refused, according to officials.

The sheriff's office said officers tried using a Taser, with no effect, before the suspect pointed his shotgun at them and they shot at him.

Officials said the suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was identified Thursday as 25-year-old Gabriel Strickland.

Two deputies and an officer who were at the scene have been placed on administrative leave.

Authorities said in the statement: "In previous contacts the suspect had made statements regarding 'suicide by cop' and in a previous contact one firearm was taken for safekeeping."

The Nevada County District Attorney's Office will be handling the investigation.

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