An autopsy found that a man killed in an officer-involved shooting last week in Marysville died of "multiple gunshot wounds," according to the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.
An autopsy in the death of 26-year-old Jonathan Erick Alexander was conducted Monday by a forensic pathologist with the Placer County Coroner's Office. Specific information, including how many times Alexander was shot, wound locations and whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are pending a full written autopsy and toxicology report from the forensic pathologist, according to an update in the case issued Tuesday by the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.
A sheriff's canine, Glock, was injured in the Friday shooting. The dog was released from a veterinary hospital over the weekend and is recovering at home. A preliminary investigation indicates that Glock was struck once in the neck by Alexander's gunfire, the news release said.
"We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery; but if and when he is able to return to duty is yet to be known," the Sheriff's Office reported.
The incident began Friday morning when Wheatland police attempted a traffic stop for a vehicle traveling about 90 mph in that city. The suspect, later identified as Alexander, turned on his vehicle lights and continued northbound, eventually stopping. An officer approached the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of alcohol from the vehicle as he contacted the driver, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
After presenting his ID to the officer, the driver became uncooperative and drove off, heading north on Highway 65 toward Marysville. He was pursued by Wheatland police and Yuba County sheriff's deputies. California Highway Patrol officers and Marysville police joined the chase near Marysville, and Marysville officers deployed spike strips, which disabled the vehicle.
The vehicle came to a stop at Sixth and E streets in Marysville, and officers ordered the driver to get out of the vehicle and surrender, the news release said.
When Alexander failed to comply with the orders, officers approached the vehicle and deployed the sheriff's canine, Glock, in an attempt to take Alexander into custody. Alexander then produced and handgun and fired, striking the dog in the neck, and officers returned fire, the news release said. The Sheriff's Office reported that the gun Alexander used was recovered at the scene.
In keeping with standard personnel procedures, three sheriff's deputies and a Marysville police officer have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation, the Sheriff's Office reported.
The Yuba Sutter Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team, led by the Sutter County District Attorney's Office, is conducting an independent investigation into the shooting. The team includes investigators from the Sutter and Yuba County district attorneys' offices, the Yuba City Police Department and Sutter County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the California Department of Justice. The Yuba County Sheriff's Office and Marysville Police Department also are conducting an administrative investigation to make sure all department policies and procedures were followed during the incident, the news release said.