Shooting ends in death of Truckee man
A Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a man who reportedly made threatening motions toward officers in the parking lot of a Truckee apartment complex, following a high-speed chase down Highway 267 Friday night.
For the deceased, 34-year-old Michael Carter of Truckee, the chase ended where it began – in Truckee Pines Apartments on Estates Drive. A Nevada County sheriff’s deputy had responded to Carter’s girlfriend’s apartment in the complex after a report that he assaulted her earlier that evening. The woman had an active restraining order against Carter.
Nevada County Sheriff Sgt. Tom Carrington said the deputy who initially responded to the apartment found the suspect had left. However, Carrington said while the officer was at the apartment he listened in on a call in which Carter threatened to kill a deputy.
“The officer was listening in on the phone when the suspect called and heard the suspect say he had a gun and was going to shoot a police officer,” Carrington said. “He said he wanted police officers to kill him.” Carrington said Carter also threatened a specific deputy by name.
Shortly after the alleged assault in Truckee Pines, Placer County sheriff’s deputies spotted Carter’s truck on Highway 267. He led them on a short high-speed chase back to the apartment complex.
When Carter arrived back at the apartment’s parking lot, he suddenly jumped out of his truck, refused to comply with orders from deputies and appeared to be reaching for a weapon, according to sheriff’s office reports.
“The suspect was crouched down and making gestures like he had a handgun,” Carrington said. “He gave all indications of being armed.”
Carter was shot by Deputy Troy Minton-Sander. He was immediately given medical aid by deputies, and transported to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting incident was witnessed by several residents of the complex and other police officers, Carrington said.
Carrington said the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office has dealt with Carter in the past, and he has made threats against deputies before. He said the immediate situation was similar to that faced last year by Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy William Doyle, who was shot and seriously injured by a suspect crouching in the darkness near the public pier in Kings Beach.
Carrington said five shots were fired by Deputy Minton-Sander, and all were accounted for. A search after the shooting revealed Carter had no weapon in his possession.
Since the shooting occurred in Nevada County, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident. The Placer County Sheriff’s Department and the Placer County District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation.
Deputy Minton-Sander was placed on paid administrative leave, as dictated by standard departmental policy for incidents of this nature.
Property manager Tom Ballou of Truckee Pines Apartments said the incident was an uncommon and regrettable occurrence in the apartments, which house many families.
“It’s a rare and very unfortunate incident,” Ballou said. “It is a case of domestic violence and abuse which escalated to the point where it became tragic.”
Ballou said in the wake of the incident that the apartment complex is planning a community forum on neighbor response to domestic violence. The forum will include participation from both sheriff’s departments, TGIF Counseling Services, Tahoe Women’s Services, Child Protective Services and Nevada Substance Abuse and Treatment, as well as residents of the apartment complex and the general public.
“It will be a forum on what citizens who witness domestic abuse can do to keep it from escalating to this level,” Ballou said.
The forum is planned for Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Truckee Pines Community Center on Estates Drive. For information, contact Tom Ballou at 582-5555.
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