Saturday night shootout in Sonora leaves one man dead

A Saturday night shootout in downtown Sonora left one man dead and a police officer wounded, according to Tuolumne County authorities.

A female bystander also was wounded during the exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officers.

The deceased has been identified as Bruce Thomas Snyder, 29, of Jamestown. Tuolumne County officials said Snyder was on parole for a previous assault with a deadly weapon case.

The Sonora police officer’s injuries are not life-threatening, officials said. The wounded bystander was identified only as a woman from North Carolina; she was treated at a hospital and subsequently released.

Officials said police responded to a report of a man armed with a handgun shortly after 10 p.m. After a short auto pursuit, the man stopped along Washington Street, exited his vehicle and exchanged gunfire with two Tuolumne County sheriff's deputies and a Sonora police officer.

The man with the handgun, identified as Snyder, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An multi-agency investigation is ongoing.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.