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Update Officer Involved Shooting – N Beale Rd, Linda 1/14/2019
(Posted 1/16/2019)

Additional details are available today following a preliminary investigation into Monday’s officer involved shooting in Linda that left a robbery suspect dead. The male suspect was identified as 45-year-old Jahmal Derrick Stewart of Marysville, Ca. On 1/14/19 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Yuba County deputy responded to a 911 call of an assault in progress with an unknown weapon in the 1400 block of N Beale Road. The assault was later determined to also be a strong-arm robbery of an elderly man. The first arriving deputy made verbal contact with a man who matched the description of the assault suspect, later identified as Stewart, as he was walking westward from location of the assault in the 1400 block of N Beale Rd in Linda. Upon contact with Stewart, the deputy advised him to remove his hand from his coat pocket, and that for officer safety the deputy was going to pat Stewart down for weapons since he matched the description of the suspect that had committed an assault with an unknown weapon just minutes prior. As soon as the deputy began the pat down, Stewart started to pull away and attempted to flee. The deputy attempted to place a control hold on Stewart, when Stewart became violent and grabbed the deputy’s holstered duty weapon. The deputy took Stewart to the ground in an attempt to gain control; but the suspect, who was much bigger in physical stature than the Deputy, was continually trying to remove the deputy’s duty weapon from the holster while he physically resisted the deputy. While the deputy and suspect continued to struggle, a backup deputy arrived on scene. As the backup deputy approached the active fight to assist, the backup deputy heard the first deputy call out “he’s got my gun!”. Both deputies reported that they then heard one shot fired from the duty weapon that the suspect had been trying to un-holster. It was at that time the backup deputy, who was estimated to have been a few feet away, fired 3-5 shots, killing the suspect. Investigators have interviewed several independent witnesses that also reported seeing the struggle between the original deputy and suspect; and corroborated that the suspect was continuously trying to get the deputy’s duty weapon. Due to the type of holsters carried by our deputies, a duty weapon will not fire when fully holstered; leading us to believe that the suspect had successfully taken the weapon far enough out of the holster for the duty weapon to fire. As part of this investigation, it was discovered that Stewart had an active felony no bail warrant out of Sacramento and was on active PRCS probation for various weapons violations. Stewart has spent time in prison for multiple felony convictions and has a history of violence including child abuse, domestic violence, aggravated assault, and multiple arrests for resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer. The two deputies involved, one with 16 years as a peace officer and the other with 3 years of service, were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Officer Involved Shooting investigation per normal protocol. An autopsy for the decedent is scheduled for Thursday 1/17/19 to determine official cause and manner of death. Details as to how many times and where the suspect was struck with gunfire will not be available until the completion of the autopsy, which will also include toxicology results. The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time.

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