Two Yuba County sheriff’s deputies were wounded in a shootout with a man inside a rural home Tuesday morning near Dobbins that left the suspect dead.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve L. Durfor said both deputies underwent surgery and are expected to survive. Durfor told reporters Tuesday that two deputies responded to complaints of an argument stemming from someone destroying marijuana plants at a local growing operation.

When the deputies arrived, a short foot chase ensued, leading deputies to a nearby home. The homeowner gave them permission to go inside to make sure the suspect wasn’t hiding in the house. They were fired upon and shot back, Durfor said.

A third deputy pulled them out as a swarm of law enforcement officers from across the region converged on the deputies’ calls of “officer down.” They shot canisters of tear gas into the home and no one came out. Deputies used a remote-controlled robot with a camera to determine that the suspect was killed.

A helicopter ambulance transported the deputies to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where they underwent surgeries. Both are expected to survive, Durfor said.

One deputy, a 14-year veteran with the department, was struck at least twice in the pelvic area and thigh. The other deputy – a 10-year veteran – suffered at least one bullet wound to the arm.

Durfor declined to provide their identities. He said both were talking before their surgery and are expected to make a full recovery after a long period of treatment. Durfor commended them for bravery.

“They went up there. They did their job, and they took care of business,” Durfor told reporters at a 4:30 p.m. press conference.

The shooting occurred in the 9000 block of Marysville Road between the rural communities of Oregon House and Dobbins northeast of Yuba City.

The original call came in as an “agitated individual, possibly armed,” according to sheriff’s officials. The call could be related to a marijuana grow on a Rastafarian church grounds. Durfor said he couldn’t confirm those reports.

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Publish date : 2 August 2017 | 12:22 am

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