Some good leads emerge in search for Yuba canyon shooter

Nevada City, Calif. August 10, 2016 at 4:35 PM – Sheriff Keith Royal expressed some cautious optimism when talking to YubaNet, “We are following up on some pretty good leads,” the Nevada County Sheriff said.”I hope they pan out and we’ll resolve this quickly.”

Numerous agencies are combing the South Yuba canyon between the Town of Washington and Malakoff Diggins, assisted by four helicopters. Royal hopes the leads pan out sooner rather than later but is resolved to continue the search for the shooter of Placer SAR Steve Wolf as long as necessary. Wolf is listed in stable condition after having been shot on Tuesday afternoon and medevaced out of the steep river canyon last night, with his two team members. A Sheriff’s deputy was also transported to the hospital, diagnosed with heat exhaustion and expected to make a full recovery.

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The search for the shooter continued overnight and throughout the day, with more agencies arriving at the two command posts in Washington and Malakoff Diggins.

Royal urges the public to stay away from the area for their own safety and to facilitate the search operation.

The search by SAR for Timothy Hansston, a 75-year old missing hiker from Tulare County is temporarily on hold. Hansston is missing since August 4th, when he was last seen hiking the South Yuba Trail out of the Town of Washington.

8 COMMENTS

  1. What’s up with calling off the search? I realize the situation is very dangerous, but aren’t the good guys with the guns supposed to do their job, even when there are bad guys with guns in the area? If it was a missing cop, would the situation be different?

    • Rich,

      Only SAR temporarily suspended the search after one of their members was shot. Of course law enforcement and the helicopters continue to look for the hiker as well.

    • Rich,

      SAR, Search And Rescue, is primarily a group of community-minded trained volunteers who often make great sacrifices to provide their assistance in searches. Searches require a large number of participants. They are not armed or trained for this circumstance.

      This would be a good time to appreciate the risk that our professionals are exposed to while working to apprehend the shooter. My heart goes out to them.

  2. Yes, thank you to the members of Search and Rescue, having taking the calls for help I know how much of their time they give up at all hours of the day and night. We are so fortunate to have this dedication for helping others in need.

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