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Hostage situation leads to officer-involved shooting near Squaw Valley; 1 man dead

UPDATED: 7:10 a.m. 2/7/17

One male subject is dead after an officer-involved shooting near Squaw Valley Friday morning, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Jose Gonzales Lera, of Lakewood, Colorado.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, on State Route 89 near Squaw Valley Road.

According to the sheriff's office, the incident started at around 1:40 a.m. when CHP officers attempted to pull over a suspected DUI driver who was driving dangerously on Highway 28.

Officers, however, terminated a pursuit a few minutes later for safety reasons, PCSO says.

Roughly an hour later, at 2:45 a.m., a sheriff's office deputy saw the vehicle again driving erratically on Highway 28, near Dollar Hill, and attempted to pull him over. The male driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.

CHP officers eventually stopped the vehicle with spike strips on Highway 89, between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

According to the sheriff's office, the driver exited the car, holding his female passenger hostage at gunpoint, and walked away.

The suspect then pointed his gun at deputies and at passing vehicles before walking up a residential driveway. Deputies and CHP officers trailed the suspect, attempting to negotiate with him.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies -- fearing for the safety and lives of the hostage and people inside the home where he was headed -- shot and killed the suspect.

The female, as well as all deputies and CHP officers, were uninjured, PCSO says.

State Route 89 was shut down for several hours between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley; as of 12:50 p.m., the road has reopened.

This is a developing story. Check back with us for updates.


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