PLUMAS COUNTY, CA - A Plumas County Sheriff Deputy shot and killed a patient during a confrontation at Eastern Plumas Health Care center early Sunday morning.
According to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, a 53-year-old male patient arrived at the hospital around 9 p.m. Saturday night.
At approximately 12:48 a.m., deputies received a call for help at the hospital, said the sheriff's office.
Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Plumas News the deputy arrived at 1 a.m. and got into an "incredibly violent encounter" with the patient that began at one end of the hospital and carried on all the way to the lobby.
At some point during the conflict, the deputy fired his gun, striking and killing the patient, according to the sheriff's office.
The Department of Justice and Plumas County District Attorney's Office continues to investigate the incident.
Hagwood told the Plumas News, "I am confident that the investigation will demonstrate that the officer was left with no other alternative."
The deputy was placed on administrative leave of absence per standard procedure.