Kingsbury shoot-out suspect competent |

Kingsbury shoot-out suspect competent

A Bay Area man accused of exchanging gunfire with deputies in April was found competent to continue proceedings Tuesday.

Stefon Demar Jefferson, 43, appeared in Douglas County District Court where District Judge Tod Young determined he could aid in his defense.

Attorney Kris Brown, who is representing Jefferson, told Young she has been able to communicate with Jefferson, and feels they can proceed.

He is scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Aug. 7, where a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

Jefferson was being sought April 26 in connection with three homicides in the Bay Area, including that of his cousin, whose car he drove to Lake Tahoe.

The Toyota Camry was spotted by South Lake Tahoe Police that day and pursued into Douglas County.

Deputies took over the pursuit and followed Jefferson over Kingsbury Grade at up to 75 mph before forcing him to stop halfway down.

Jefferson came up shooting, injuring a Douglas sheriff’s sergeant, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies returned fire, and he drove farther down the Grade until he lost control of the vehicle in a turn and crashed.

Jefferson has been in custody, either in Douglas or at Lakes Crossing in Sparks, since.

District Judge Tod Young ordered an evaluation of Jefferson, who has repeatedly asked to plead guilty in the case.

Jefferson is being held in lieu of $1 million cash bail on felonies including attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon and eluding.

The shootings occurred in three jurisdictions: San Francisco, Oakland and the University of California, Berkeley.