Update: Kingsbury Grade reopened after shooting suspect taken into custody
10:45 a.m. Update:
A Douglas County Sheriff’s sergeant shot during a pursuit of a double-homicide suspect has undergone surgery and is in good spirits.
The sergeant is expected to be released from Renown Regional Medical Center this afternoon after receiving a gunshot wound to his left hand.
“Additional surgeries performed by a specialist are expected later this week,” Sheriff’s Spokesman Jeff Schemenauer said Saturday. “The sheriff’s office wishes to thank the public for the outpouring of support for the men and women of our agency.”
The sergeant has not yet been identified.
A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center in Minden.
Suspect Stefon Demar Jefferson, 43, is in custody on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer in addition to other felonies in connection with the chase and shooting that ended near the base of Kingsbury Grade on Saturday morning.
9:45 a.m. Update:
Kingsbury Grade has reopened after a high speed chase and shooting that occurred late last night.
A double murder suspect was captured and a sheriff’s sergeant wounded in connection with the incident.
The Grade opened at 9:40 a.m. nearly 12 hours after South Lake Tahoe Police spotted a black Toyota driven by suspect Stefon Jefferson, who was wanted for the Bay Area shootings.
Jefferson was taken into Douglas County custody.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s sergeant received a nonlife-threatening bullet wound during a high speed chase that ended near the bottom of Kingsbury Grade late Friday night.
A murder suspect out of Northern California was spotted at around 9:45 p.m. driving through South Lake Tahoe where police started the pursuit.
Douglas County deputies took over the chase in Stateline with the suspect firing on them as they turned onto Kingsbury Grade and over Daggett Summit at dangerous speeds.
“The vehicle driven by the suspect crashed approximately one-quarter mile west of Foothill Road,” Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Jeff Schemenauer said. “The lone suspect surrenere to authorities without incident and was taken into custody.”
The sergeant was taken to Renown Medical Center for surgery.
Kingsbury Grade remains closed this morning in both directions at Tramway and Foothill.
Previous post: An officer was shot and injured Friday night at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade.
According to traffic, the officer was shot in the hand. The officer was transported via CareFlight medical helicopter from Foothill Road and Kingsbury Grade.
The suspect is in custody. The incident started in South Lake Tahoe and led to a vehicle pursuit about 9:40 p.m..
No other information is currently available.