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Oroville man arrested for Sierra County shooting

The Sierra County Sheriff's Office said it has arrested one man for the shooting that left one man dead.

Posted: Jul 4, 2020 12:47 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2020 8:29 AM

UPDATE: 10:51 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - Sierra County officials say they arrested an Oroville man for the shooting that left one man dead and his son lost in the woods for 24-hours.

Officials say the missing juvenile was the 15-year-old son of Doctor Ari Gershman of Danville. According to officials, the son told dispatch he and his father were driving down a dirt road when 40-year-old John Conway shot his father.

The 15-year-old fled into the forest to escape so he could call for help.

While looking for the 15-year-old, officials say they found Gershman and his vehicle. The next day on the fourth, officials say they found the son, safe and in good physical condition.

Shortly after officers found the son, Conway approached two officers on his utility terrain vehicle, more commonly known as a side-by-side. Officials say he tried to run the two officers over before fleeing south where another officer was staged. The two ultimately collided.

According to the sheriff's office, the Conway immediately represented a threat to the officers, leading to an officer-involved shooting before Conway was taken into custody.

None of the victims knew Conway and officials say this appears to be a random act of violence.

The sheriff’s office said the Sierra County District Attorney should be announcing charges soon.

Conway was wanted in Butte County for a felony warrant charging him with vandalism, battery and two counts of making terrorist threats.


SIERRA COUNTY, Calif. - The Sierra County Sheriff's Office said it is looking for the suspect who shot three people, leaving one dead.

Officials say on Friday, July 3 around 3 p.m. they got a call about two people who were shot in the area of Poker Flat, east of the town of La Porte in Plumas County.

While deputies were responding, they say they the two were being taken out of the remote area to where they could get medical treatment. Then, both were taken by helicopter to a hospital where they were treated with non-life-threatening injuries.

During an additional call, while they were responding, officials say they learned a third victim had been shot. The caller said they fled the area and had gotten lost. When deputies arrived, they say the third victim had died.

As deputies look for the suspect, they say they are also looking for a juvenile, though officials would not say how they are involved.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and search, with help from the Plumas County Sheriff's Office.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office at 289-3700.

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