The carjacking suspect shot to death has been identified by California State Parks in Palisades-Tahoe
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who was fatally shot by a California State Parks officer Friday, after he crashed a vehicle and carried a knife, authorities said, outside a motel near Palisades Tahoe.
Fenton Miller, 29, was shot and killed The alleged car theft incident About 10 a.m. in Tahoe City, according to a news release. A chase ensued, ending with the suspect crashing his vehicle near the Olympic Valley Inn and the Olympic Village Event Center.
Miller got out of the car holding a knife, which led to the officer shooting, the statement said. State Parks and CHP officers attempted to provide medical assistance, but Miller was pronounced dead.
Miller is a suspect LinkedIn, who goes by the name Vinton J. Miller, says he has experience working as a cook at Palisades Tahoe. The famous ski resort is the largest in the Lake Tahoe area.
Palisades Tahoe spokesman Patrick Lacey repeatedly declined to answer Friday whether Miller was an employee of Palisades Tahoe. Lacey did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Saturday after Miller was identified by Placer County Coroner’s Office.
The officer who shot Miller has been placed on administrative leave, according to department policy, Gloria Sandoval, deputy director of public affairs for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, told The Sacramento Bee on Friday.
“This is all the information I can provide you at this time,” Sandoval wrote in an email.
The officer’s name was not revealed.