Crime - Sacto 911

Burglary suspect shot by Nevada County sheriff's deputies

Nevada County Sheriff's Office deputies shot a man Thursday morning after he allegedly burglarized a nearby home and intentionally rammed his vehicle into a patrol car.

Chris Mills, 39, was shot several times in the hands or feet after hitting the deputy's car near Banner Mountain, according to a Nevada County Sheriff's Office news release.

He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center via air ambulance and was expected to be booked into Nevada County Jail after being released. None of his injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

A Nevada City homeowner walked outside of his residence about 6:20 a.m. Thursday to find his driveway being blocked by a suspicious vehicle. The homeowner confronted the vehicle's driver, who replied he was at the wrong address.

The victim jotted down the car's license plate number before leaving his house. A few minutes later, his cell phone pinged with an alert that one of his home's windows had been broken, he told deputies.

When deputies arrived, they found a car with the same license plate the victim had listed in his 911 call. Mills allegedly ran out into the driver's seat, slammed into a patrol car and led officers on a short chase before coming to a stop less than a mile away on dead-end Horseshoe Lane.

The news release did not address why Mills was shot, saying only that dispatch received a reports of shots fired and a suspect down.

Nevada County Sheriff's Office protocol requires all four deputies connected to the officer-involved shooting to be placed on administrative leave. No law enforcement personnel were injured in the altercation.

If you have information about any of these people, please call 800-222-7463 or 916-443-4357, or report online at

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052,