Deputies shoot, kill 26-year-old man after police chase

One person is dead and a police dog is injured following an officer-involved shooting in Marysville early Friday morning.

Posted: Apr 6, 2018 6:18 PM

One person is dead and a police dog is injured following an officer-involved shooting in Marysville early Friday morning.

Investigators say it all started as a traffic stop in Wheatland and ended at 6th & E Streets in downtown Marysville around 2:30 in the morning.

According to the Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Wheatland police tried to make a traffic stop on a car that was going about 90 miles per hour, but the suspect – 26-year-old Jonathan Erik Alexander – turned off his lights and kept driving.

He eventually pulled over, and an officer said there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car; Alexander soon became uncooperative and drove away. This was all on Highway 65, and the Yuba County Sheriff's Office joined the pursuit and put down spike strips near 40 Mile Road.

“We do believe the suspect vehicle struck those spike strips; however, it did not disable the vehicle, and the pursuit continued northbound,” said Yuba County Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst Leslie Carbah.

Deputies put down more spike strips at 6th & E Streets in downtown Marysville, and that's what disabled the car.

Alexander refused their commands to get out of the car, which is when they sent in a K-9 officer.

“Once that K-9 was deployed into the vehicle, the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire,” she said.

Alexander shot the dog in the neck.

Once he started shooting, three sheriff's deputies and one Marysville police officer all opened fire, killing the 26-year-old man.

They tried doing CPR immediately after, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators have not said how many shots were fired, but the four officers involved have been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation.

Neither the Yuba County Sheriff's Department nor the Marysville Police Department have body cameras simply because they say they're too small and can't afford them.

The canine, who is a veteran Belgian Malinois went to a local veterinarian hospital and is now in stable condition.

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