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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/08/2020 10:56 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/08/2020 11:36 AM
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Multi-Agency Response Ends Active Shooter Threat in Sierra County

Downieville, CA...From the Sierra County Sheriff's Office..."On July 3, 2020, at about 1600 hours, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office received information that two persons sustained gunshot wounds by an assailant in the Poker Flat area of northwestern Sierra County. The assailant was driving a utility terrain vehicle (UTV). Neither victim knew the shooter, and the act appeared to be a random act of violence. After the two victims were transported out of the area, a 911 call came in from a 15-year-old caller in the same general area. The 15-year-old told the 911 dispatcher that he and his father, who was later identified as Dr. Ari Gershman, a physician from Danville, encountered the suspect while driving down a dirt road. The suspect opened fire on Dr. Gershman and his son, killing Dr. Gershman. The juvenile son fled into the forest to escape the shooter and find an area where he could call for help.




Throughout the night of July 3, and into the following day, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office coordinated a massive law enforcement response to the area. Responding agencies included: U.S. Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, and Yuba counties. Additionally, helicopters from the California Highway Patrol, Washoe County (Nevada), and Placer County Sheriff's Office assisted throughout the incident.

Initial responding officers were able to locate Dr. Gershman and his vehicle. Officers searched the surrounding area for the suspect and missing juvenile. Officers remained in the area searching throughout the night. As day broke the following morning, tactical teams were assembled and continued searching the area.

In the afternoon of July 4, CDFW wildlife officers and a K-9, using human tracking skills, hiked through the forest with a Sierra County Deputy tracking the missing juvenile. Although the juvenile had fled a considerable distance, the officers were able to track and locate him. Even though the juvenile had fled the shooting and spent the night alone in the forest, he was in good physical condition and did not require medical attention. After giving him some food and water, officers transported him to the Sheriff's Office, where he was reunited with his mother.

Shortly after locating the juvenile, the suspect approached two CDFW wildlife officers and a USFS officer at high speed in the UTV. The officers were maintaining a checkpoint on Saddleback Road and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect failed to stop and tried to run over the two wildlife officers and then fled south on Saddleback Road towards Downieville. A third wildlife officer was positioned down the road in Downieville and started driving up the hill to block the suspects' vehicle. A vehicle collision ultimately occurred as officers were attempting to take the suspect into custody. The suspect immediately represented a threat to the officers, leading to an officer-involved shooting and deployment of a K-9. The suspect was taken into custody, and after receiving medical treatment at the scene, he was transported to the hospital. The suspect has been identified as John Thomas Conway, age 40, Oroville.

In addition to the above law enforcement agencies who assisted in this incident, I would like to thank the Downieville and Sierra City Fire Departments for their quick response and medical treatment of the shooting victims. I would also like to thank the Sierra County businesses and numerous local volunteers who made food for the officers involved in the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with Sierra County District Attorney who anticipates announcing charges soon.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to please contact the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 289-3700."
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Posted on: 2020-07-08 11:42:57   By: Anonymous
 
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Dr. Ari Gershman's family. The account says Ari and his son Jack had been off-roading in their brand new 4-wheel-drive Jeep. Ari's wife Paige is in the fight of her life, undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Paige is now the single mother to three children ages 16, 15 and 10. The account said Ari "died doing what he loved with his son in an area he had hoped to retire in one day." The account will help the family pay for funeral costs, chemotherapy treatments and doctors' appointments, family counseling and daily expenses.

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Posted on: 2020-07-08 11:45:19   By: Anonymous
 
The Sheriff’s Office says the county district attorney is set to announce charges against him soon. Prior to this past weekend's arrest, Conway was wanted by the Butte County Sheriff's Office on a felony warrant charging him with battery, vandalism and two counts of making terroristic threats.

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When is enough, ENOUGH!
Posted on: 2020-07-08 12:14:01   By: Anonymous
 
WHEN do we AGAIN!, as proven to work in the past, remove the dysfunction mentally ill from society? Why do we continue this horrid experiment resulting with them preying on innocent others?

Removal and confined housing has proven in the past to work, and also to stop the procreation of the crazy gene. It is just unconscionable that we continue to allow the mentally defunct to continually blindside the general public, who are just going about their normal daily lives

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Posted on: 2020-07-08 14:34:33   By: Anonymous
 
What a crazy story. That kid having to flee for his is pretty surreal. One does have to wonder if this gentleman wasn’t white he most likely would have been killed prior to be taken in to custody. By the sound of it, that suspect didn’t deserve to live.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-08 19:03:56   By: Anonymous
     
    "By the sound of it"......What kind of moron are you?

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      Posted on: 2020-07-08 20:19:55   By: Anonymous
       
      Never heard that expression before? Well it means to have an opinion based on what you saw or read. I’m sorry your mother is a whore.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-08 20:47:34   By: Anonymous
     
    Shut up azz, crazy knows no race. Every race has their crazy.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-09 21:24:17   By: Anonymous
       
      I was talking to a Filipino friend I had made at a restaurant last year. We were talking about another event such as this that had just happened. I asked him what they did in his birth country with people such as this guy. He said the family has to pay for them. Sounds like a great idea, make the family pay. I didn't ask what pay meant to him, but I'm guessing a beat down and maybe monetary too.

      You breed mentally ill, it's your responsibility to pay for it...........sounds more than reasonable. Why should others have to pay?

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