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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7A SHOOTING, from page 1A his window, he saw Majews- ki attacking the side of his trailer with a kitchen knife and a brick hammer. Funke alleges that Majews- ki threatened to kill him. Hagwood said that when the deputy arrived on the scene, the suspect had multi- ple weapons and the deputy had to defend himself. A pho- to taken at the scene by Feather Publishing reporter Laura Beaton shows a knife and a hammer on the ground beside Majewski's body. "At that point in the situa- tion, the threat level was such that a Taser was not an appropriate response," said Hagwood. "It was a very ex- plosive, rapidly developing situation." Hollister said June 20 that if the sheriffs office had re- sponded just a few minutes later, "We would be investi- gating a murder or murders of residents of the trailer park instead of an officer-in- volved shooting." Hollister said the Plumas County Sheriff's Office dis- patch center received a call at 3:53 p.m. Tuesday report- ing a man "acting erratically and threatening others while armed with a knife and a brick hammer." A deputy was dispatched three min- utes later. At 3:58 p.m Majewski phoned dispatch, identified himself and said the sheriffs office should send e ,ery deputy as he was going on a "murder spree." The dispatched deputy ar- rived on scene at 4 p.m. and contacted Majewski. Accord- ing to Hollister, Majewski, armed with a knife and a brick hammer, advanced on the deputy while verbally and physically threatening him. The deputy retreated, but Majewski continued to close in on him. The deputy then fired three shots, striking Majewski in the upper torso. He was declared dead at 4:11 p,m. Medics on scene attended a A knife and a hammer lie on the ground next to the body of Jason Majewski, who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy June 19. Photos by Laura Beaton grieving woman, identifiedplaced on administrative by bystanders as the victim's leave, which is standard poli- wife, Janet Cass, as the cy. Hagwood said the leave man's body lay on the was in no way an indication ground out of her sight. "I of any wrongdoing. just want to see him," she re- Hollister is the lead inves- peated, tigator in the case. The Butte At 4:27 p.m Majewski's County Sheriff's Office will trailer burst into flames. Fire be conducting the internal af- engines, which had been fairs investigation. The De- called to the scene earlier partment of Justice is pro- and then left, had to be called cessing the crime scene, and back. CalFire is investigating the Deputies, California High, subsequent fire. "We don't way Patrol officers and know how it started," Hag- passersby raced to hook up wood said. garden hoses and fight the Hollister said a final report fire, but in a matter of min- on the incident probably utes the trailer was fully en- wouldn't be completed until gulfed in flames, the end of July. Huge clouds of black He said, "All witnesses, in- smoke erupted from the trail- cluding nearby civilians, the er but responding fire crews involved deputy and re- were able to contain the sponding officers, have been blaze before it could spread, cooperative in providing in- formation and assisting this The investigation investigation." Hagwood said this is the He asked that any citizens first officer-involved shoot- who believe they have fur- ing since he became sheriff ther information concerning and he is being careful to fol- the incident should contact low all of the legal proce- his off, ice, the Plumas County dures. District Attorney's Office, at "The sheriff's office did a 283-6303 and speak with an good job of backing off on investigator. this investigation," Hollister said. Reporting by Staff Writers Dan The deputy has been McDonald and Laura Beaton. A California Highway Patrol officer covers the body of Jason Majewski, involved shooting at the Evergreen Motel and RV Park in Quincy. 36, following an officer- STREET AT THE DANCE by the Fri June 29 Lions p.m. Club Admission - Kids under 12 free Food Wine :. Music by the Antique Rockers "Car Show by the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders i Quincy volunteer firefighters battle the blaze at Jason Majewski's trailer June 19. Forest Service Engine 23 made the initial attack. Two spot fires on neighboring trailer roofs were extinguished as residents throughout the park evacuated their homes. Incident commander David Windle reported that 18 firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes, An additional 90 minutes were spent mopping up. 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