BLM Officer, Highway Patrolman Shot In Nevada County, California


A Bureau of Land Management ranger and a California highway patrolman were shot during an armed confrontation on Saturday, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Authorities identified the suspect as Brent Douglas Cole, 60, according to the Bee. The shooting took place in the Tahoe National Forest in Nevada County, Calif., which borders Nevada. The BLM ranger had called for the highway patrolman’s assistance, according to the Bee.

The injuries for the law enforcement officers were not life-threatening, the newspaper reported. Cole was shot as well and was in stable condition at a nearby hospital as of Monday.

Authorities have not revealed any more details about the shooting. It was being investigated by the Nevada County sheriff, the state highway patrol, the BLM, the FBI and the Nevada County district attorney.

BLM officials in the West have been on high alert since a standoff earlier this year with militia members who were supporting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. After an armed confrontation on a highway in Utah last month, BLM rangers there said they would be removing logos from their vehicles to help avoid additional incidents.

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