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December 13, 2016 – On December 13, 2016, deputies from the Nevada County Sheriff Office were dispatched to a residence in the 12000 block of Pawnee Trail in Nevada City, Ca, regarding a report of a male subject with a gun who had been shot. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies located a white male adult who was deceased outside of the residence.

Once the scene was secured, detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit were called to the scene to investigate. They were assisted by the District Attorney’s Investigations Unit, as well as criminalist and latent print analysts from the California Department of Justice. A search warrant is being executed at the residence to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

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Detectives have positively identified the decedent as James Paul Scola (36 YOA) of Nevada City. The cause and manner of Mr. Scola’s death are still under investigation pending the autopsy.

The investigation is still on going and detectives are currently conducting interviews with several witnesses. The information that we have at this time is that all involved parties are accounted for. At this point in the investigation, detectives are still trying to determine the motive of the shooting.