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CHP officer shoots, kills stolen vehicle suspect during fight

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Officials work at the scene of a fatal shooting on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, along Highway 29 near Lower Lake, Calif. A California Highway Patrol officer was reported to have pulled over a suspect allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. A physical fight ensued, during which the officer shot the suspect, who died. Photo by John Jensen.

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED.

LOWER LAKE, Calif. – A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a suspect with a stolen vehicle during a physical confrontation Wednesday afternoon.

The incident was reported to have take place on Highway 29 south of Lower Lake near the Twin Lakes Subdivision shortly after 2 p.m., according to witnesses.

District Attorney Don Anderson confirmed to Lake County News that his office was handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

The shooting involved a female CHP officer who shot a suspect, Anderson said.

“She’s fine,” Anderson said of the officer.

The suspect, however, had died, Anderson said.

Sources close to the investigation told Lake County News that the female officer had pulled over a suspect in a stolen vehicle and a physical fight had ensued, with the officer being grabbed by the neck.

The officer had to use deadly force, and the suspect was shot, according to the sources.

Following the fight the officer was taken to be medically cleared at a local hospital, the sources reported.

Along with District Attorney’s Office investigators, at the scene late Wednesday afternoon were CHP and Lake County Sheriff’s officials.

The body of the suspect was covered with a yellow tarp and located near a small outbuilding just off the highway.

The CHP's Clear Lake Office did not respond to requests for information Wednesday afternoon.

Additional details will be posted as they become available.

Email Elizabeth Larson at elarson@lakeconews.com . Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.

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KDude
Ganlo
written by a guest, October 25, 2012
Speaking of an IDIOT! GEEZ!!!
KDude
Face book
written by a guest, October 25, 2012
Idiots are everywhere! Could only read one IDIOTS comment before i got very mad!!!!smilies/angry.gif Hope only good things for the officer!
smoke
Popowife
written by a guest, October 24, 2012
Well said!
BlackMagic
PoPowife....
written by a guest, October 24, 2012
I agree with you 1000%!
I also have a Spouse in L.E. and
it shakes myFoundations, to see some of the Comments posted on Facebook.
Terms like "s**tty Decision" and "Scared Lady Cop", come to mind.
Too bad you can't arrest them for being Stupid.
Glad the Officer is alright and able to go home after her watch.
PoPowife......I personally "Thank You" for your support.
Popowife
Good guys 1 bad guys 0
written by Popowife, October 24, 2012
I'm kind of angry as a wife of law enforcement reading comments posted on fb they are treating the car thief as an innocent victim. I'm sorry but our lived ones put they lives on the line protecting the public from scum like this guy who decided to try and fight the officer who was doing her job and as a result had to chose her safety over his. I see nothing wrong with it and am thankful every day for the bravery of our law enforcement and being able to come home to their lived ones. I totally support the officer in what decision she had to chose. I hope she's able to move on and know she made the right decision in a moment of life or death.
Ganlo
female officer
written by Ganlo, October 24, 2012
like black doctor or male nurse?
GreyBeard
Bad people make bad choices
written by a guest, October 24, 2012
Our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives every day protecting the public. How often do we hear about the ticket issued when a warning could have been given or an arrest for DUI was made when a cab could have been called. Each one of those enforcement actions were meant to keep someone safe from either themselves or to protect someone else. Who knows what started todays incident. A routine traffic stop? Erratic driving by the suspect? Thank God it was a highly trained and motivated Highway Patrol Officer who was armed and able to handle a dangerous thug. Best of luck to her - I know she will have the support of not only her fellow officers but the Lake County Community she serves...
lcnsupporter
Thank God
written by a guest, October 24, 2012
The CHP Officer is ok and Thank You to her for her dedication to the state and the community. The next couple months will be very hard on her I'm sure so let's give her our support as a community and keep her in our thoughts.
Marzocco
...
written by a guest, October 24, 2012
I hope the officer recovers quickly from this traumatic incident. She'll have to live the rest of her life with this.
Luckily the good guys won.

Marzocco

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