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Yuba County deputies wounded in Rastafarian church shootout in fair condition

Yuba County shootout ends with suspect killed, two deputies wounded

Sheriff Steve Durfor discusses Aug. 1, 2017 shootout in which two Yuba County Sheriff's deputies were injured and the suspect was killed.
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Sheriff Steve Durfor discusses Aug. 1, 2017 shootout in which two Yuba County Sheriff's deputies were injured and the suspect was killed.

Two deputies shot in a gun battle with a man at a Rastafarian church in Yuba County were listed Wednesday in fair condition.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Wednesday morning that the deputies, who were airlifted after the shootout to Sutter Roseville Medical Center on Tuesday, were on the mend.

The two sheriff's deputies exchanged gunfire Tuesday with a suspect inside a Dobbins-area home. The suspect was killed.

The officer-involved shooting began after 8 a.m. on the 9000 block of Marysville Road, between the rural communities of Oregon House and Dobbins northeast of Yuba City.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve L. Durfor said that two deputies responded to a report of a dispute involving someone destroying marijuana plants at a local growing operation.

When the deputies arrived, they chased the man to a nearby home. The homeowner gave them permission to go inside to make sure the suspect wasn't hiding in the house. Inside, they were fired upon and hit, and they shot back, Durfor said.

A third deputy pulled them out as a swarm of law enforcement officers from across the region converged on the deputies' calls of "officer down."

A helicopter ambulance transported the deputies to Roseville, where they underwent surgeries.

One deputy, a 14-year veteran with the department, was struck at least twice in the pelvic area and thigh. The other deputy - a 10-year veteran - suffered at least one bullet wound to the arm.

The dead man had been staying either on the church property or nearby and was tending the marijuana in exchange for room and board and nominal wages. He has been described as a "trimmigrant," the nickname for the seasonal workers who travel from grow to grow during the marijuana-harvest season.

His name has not been released.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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