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Sheriff: Nevada County man died of self-inflicted shotgun wound after argument

An autopsy revealed that a man found dead outside a home in the Nevada City area Tuesday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

James Paul Scola, 36, was struck several times by what appeared to be handgun-caliber bullets, but the autopsy showed that the fatal wound was “self-inflicted” from a shotgun, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

A preliminary investigation found that Scola was known to the residents of the home in the 12000 block of Pawnee Trail, where the shooting occurred, sheriff’s officials said. Just before the shooting, Scola was involved in a heated argument with one of the residents. After walking away for a brief period, Scola returned and broke into the residence armed with a shotgun.

A resident of the home, fearing for his life and others in the house, fired shots at Scola from a handgun, sheriff’s officials said. Two adults and a juvenile were inside the home when Scola entered and they were not injured.

Sheriff’s officials said they will not disclose details of why Scola went to the house and what led the to the argument until investigators have examined all the evidence and evaluated witness statements.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy