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Yuba County deputy shoots man accused of trying to run down officers

A Marysville man accused of trying to back a vehicle into deputies was shot by a Yuba County deputy early Sunday morning.

In a news release issued Wednesday, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office reported that 26-year-old Adam Gibbs remained hospitalized in fair condition.

Gibbs, who the Sheriff’s Office said had an active warrant for a recent pursuit and was a parolee-at-large, was spotted about 4:40 a.m. Sunday by a deputy and reserve deputy who were on patrol. Before the deputies attempted to pull over Gibbs, he stopped the vehicle in the roadway, the news release said.

As the deputies approached the vehicle, intending to take Gibbs into custody, Gibbs put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated toward the deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy thought his reserve partner had been struck and pinned under the vehicle. When Gibbs continued to accelerate backward despite repeated orders to stop, the deputy fired at Gibbs, who also backed into the patrol vehicle, causing major damage, the news release said.

Both deputies were able to move out of the path of the vehicle and neither was injured.

When discharged from the hospital, Gibbs is expected to be arrested on suspicion of felony assault on a peace officer and booked into the Yuba County Jail on outstanding warrants and for parole violation, the news release said.

In keeping with department policy, the deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave until the shooting investigation is completed, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy