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Off-duty Yuba deputy fatally shoots intruder at home, officials say

An investigation has begun into an off-duty Yuba County sheriff’s deputy’s fatal shooting of an intruder at his foothill home late Thursday.

Yuba County Sheriff’s officials confirmed the deadly shooting at the deputy’s Challenge home, about 30 miles and an hour’s drive northeast of Marysville, in a Friday news release.

Though the unnamed deputy was not on duty, sheriff’s officials are treating the incident as an officer-involved shooting and have placed the deputy on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, said Yuba County sheriff’s spokeswoman Leslie Carbah.

A team comprising district attorney’s and law enforcement investigators from neighboring Sutter County are working the case. Meantime, Yuba County sheriff’s officials are conducting a parallel internal investigation of the Thursday incident, Carbah said.

A state Department of Justice forensics team was also called in to process the scene.

Deputies were sent to the Challenge residence about 11 p.m. Thursday, on a call of an intruder inside the home, sheriff’s officials said in the release. Before deputies arrived, the off-duty deputy fired his service weapon, killing the intruder, officials said.

The off-duty deputy was at home with his family at the time of the incident and called 911 before the shooting. The deputy and family were not hurt.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carbah said the intruder was a man, but said officials had not yet released the man’s name Friday afternoon.

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Darrell Smith covers courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marysville. A Sacramento Valley native, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville.