A vehicle pursuit that began in Nevada County ended with a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Placer County community of Foresthill late Friday afternoon.
Officer David Martinez, California Highway Patrol spokesman, said the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, who had been pursued for reckless driving, was shot and killed. The driver was later identified as Lockwood Adrian Gibson, 49, of Chico.
No officers were injured, Martinez said.
Nevada County sheriff’s deputies began the pursuit about 4 p.m., and the California Highway Patrol and Placer County sheriff’s deputies took over the chase on Highway 49 at Dry Creek Road, where Gibson’s vehicle struck a Placer sheriff’s vehicle, Martinez said.
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Gibson continued southbound on Highway 49, under Interstate 80 and then onto city streets in Auburn before returning to Highway 49, heading toward the American River confluence.
Gibson continued onto Old Foreshill Road and eastbound on Foresthill Road at speeds from 50 to 80 mph. The chase continued in the area of Foresthill High School and ended after officers used a PIT maneuver to bring the vehicle to a stop, Martinez said.
In a statement released Saturday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said California Highway Patrol officers were “forced to use deadly force” on Gibson.
Martinez said Saturday that the shooting is still under investigation, as authorities are in the process of reviewing video of the incident and interviewing officers involved.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is asking for public assistance in its inquiry. Anyone who witnessed or has video of the incident is encouraged to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at 530-889-7841.