Man armed with barbecue skewer shot by Placer County deputy in Tahoe City

A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy shot a man Sunday morning after the man lunged at the officer with a barbecue skewer.

The man is in intensive care at a hospital in Reno, said Placer County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Scott.

Officers were responding to a house in the 600 block of High Street in Carnelian Bay near Tahoe City around 4 a.m. Sunday, Scott said. The man opened the door holding a barbecue skewer and refused to drop the utensil after “numerous” orders to do so.

When he lunged at the deputy with the poker, the deputy “used his service weapon to stop the threat,” Scott said.

The deputy will be put on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted, per department protocol, Scott said. Additional details about the incident were not yet available as the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison