Trinity County Sheriff's Release Details on Officer Involved Shooting

Jun 7, 2013 6:35 PM

Over 24 hours after initial reports of an officer involved shooting off SR 36 near Mad River Road in Trinity County, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department has finally released details on the incident, revealing the suspect involved in the incident was killed.

Yesterday at approximately 10:12 A.M., Sheriff Deputies received a call of shots fired at the previously mentioned location. The Department’s release indicated a local relator reported he had taken prospective clients to view real estate at the location and was confronted by a female subject living on the property. The subject threatened the relator, then fired a shot as the relator was leaving the property.

Deputies responded to the scene where they confronted the woman, who was still armed. According to the release, they attempted to negotiate with the woman and persuade her to lay down her rifle. The woman allegedly fired a shot and threatened deputies with the rifle. Responding deputies then fired on the woman, striking her in the torso. Southern Trinity Area Rescue responded to the scene to render medical treatment. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:05 p.m.

The subject was identified as 51-year-old Shirley Jean Peeler of Mad River. Peeler had reportedly been living on the property which previously belonged to her parents, according to the release. However, Peeler was reportedly supposed to vacate the property when it was placed on the market, but failed to do so.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Justice, and California Highway Patrol


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