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Sheriff: Armed man fatally shot by deputies in North Auburn

"They fired in fear for their safety and the man was struck"
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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UPDATED: 8:45 A.M. OCT. 10: SHERIFF: REPLICA HANDGUN WIELDED IN FATAL CONFRONTATION

Placer County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a dispatch call Sunday of a man with a handgun threatening to kill peace officers or residents of an Auburn rehab facility fatally shot the suspect when he reportedly turned the weapon on them.

The fatal showdown between the man and peace officers took place at 1:30 a.m. outside on B Avenue in North Auburn.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the man — who had not yet been publicly identified today — told dispatchers after making a 911 call that he had a handgun and was going to shoot residents of an inpatient rehabilitation facility. The gun turned out to be a replica, the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

"He said he was outside the facility and would also shoot any deputies who responded," the Sheriff's Office reported.

The man added that he was high on marijuana and "speed," the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies located the suspect and he was holding a gun, the report said.

"Deputies negotiated with the man and ordered him to drop the gun," the Sheriff's Office said. "He refused to obey their orders and raised the weapon toward the deputies. They fired in fear for their safety and the man was struck."

In the ensuing seconds and minutes, deputies started CPR, employed a battery operated defibrillator and attempted other life-saving efforts but were unable to revive the man, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The man was identified as Nicholas Benjamin Salisbury, 36, of Auburn. The Sheriff’s Office said that the replica gun was modified to appear realistic. A photo of the gun shows an orange tipe had been painted a black to resemble metal. The man was also carrying what appeared to be a suicide note, the Sheriff’s Office said.  

 

ORIGINAL REPORT: SHERIFF: ARMED MAN FATALLY SHOT BY DEPUTIES IN NORTH AUBURN

Placer County sheriff's deputies who responded to a dispatch call Sunday from a man with a handgun threatening to kill peace officers or residents of an Auburn rehab facility fatally shot the suspect when he reportedly turned the weapon on them.

The fatal showdown between the man and peace officers took place at 1:30 a.m. outside on B Avenue in North Auburn.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the man - who had not yet been publicly identified today - told dispatchers after making a 911 call that he had a handgun and was going to shoot residents of an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

"He said he was outside the facility and would also shoot any deputies who responded," the Sheriff's Office reported.

The man added that he was high on marijuana and "speed," the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies located the suspect and he was holding a gun, the report said.

"Deputies negotiated with the man and ordered him to drop the gun," the Sheriff's Office said. "He refused to obey their orders and raised the weapon toward the deputies. They fired in fear for their safety and the man was struck."

In the ensuing seconds and minutes, deputies started CPR, employed a battery operated defribrillator and attempted other life-saving efforts but were unable to revive the man, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The man's identity was being withheld until his family could be notified of his death. The Sheriff's Office said more details would be released as they become available.