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Authorities kill man in Marysville after he leads them on a vehicle chase, shoots K-9

Highway 70 through downtown Marysville is closed

A portion of Highway 70 in Marysville is closed Friday morning because of police activity, Caltrans reports.
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A portion of Highway 70 in Marysville is closed Friday morning because of police activity, Caltrans reports.

A man was fatally shot by authorities early Friday in Marysville after leading officers on a vehicle chase, then shooting a law enforcement K-9, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The Sheriff's Office identified the man as 26-year-old Jonathan Erick Alexander, whose last-known residence has not been determined, The gun Alexander used in the shooting was recovered at the scene and placed in evidence, the Sheriff's Office reported Friday afternoon.

The department provided details of the events that led to the shooting in a news release:

The incident began when the Wheatland Police Department attempted a traffic stop for a vehicle speeding about 90 mph in that city. The suspect turned off his vehicle lights and continued northbound, eventually stopping. The officer approached the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of alcohol from the vehicle as he contacted the driver.

After presenting his ID to the officer, the driver became uncooperative and fled northbound in his vehicle on Highway 65 toward Marysville. He was pursued by Wheatland Police and Yuba County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies set up spike strips at Highway 65 and Forty Mile Road, which the suspect’s vehicle reportedly hit, but they didn’t disable the vehicle.

California Highway Patrol and Marysville police joined the pursuit as the suspect vehicle approached Marysville. Marysville police officers deployed additional spike strips as the vehicle entered the city, which disabled the man’s vehicle, which stopped at Sixth and E streets.

Yuba County sheriff, Marysville police, Wheatland police and CHP officers conducted a felony stop and ordered the man to exit the vehicle and surrender.

After the suspect refused to comply with orders, officers approached the vehicle and deployed a Yuba County sheriff’s K-9 into the vehicle to attempt to take the suspect into custody.

The suspect then produced a handgun and opened fire, striking the canine in the neck. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. No other officers were injured.

The suspect was then removed from the vehicle and CPR was initiated by officers on scene and continued until medical personnel arrived. Despite life-saving measures, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Yuba Sutter Officer Involved Investigation Team is investigating the shooting. The identity of the suspect is pending confirmation and notification of next of kin, but is expected to be released Friday.

The injured canine was reported in stable condition at a local veterinary hospital Friday afternoon and is expected to survive the gunshot wound to the neck.

In keeping with department policies, the three Yuba County deputies and one Marysville police officer involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

A portion of Highway 70 in Marysville was closed Friday morning because of the police investigation, Caltrans reported, but had reopened by 1 p.m.