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Investigation launched for officer-involved shooting in Trinity County

Published On: Jun 07 2013 06:45:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2013 06:54:55 PM CDT
MAD RIVER, Calif. -

Four law enforcement agencies are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Trinity County that killed a local woman.

Around 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office received a report of shots being fired off of Highway 36 near Mad River.

A local realtor told law enforcement that he had been trying to show a property in Mad River to prospective clients when he was confronted by a woman with a rifle. The realtor said the woman had threatened him, then fired a shot as he left the area.

Trinity County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene where they were confronted by Shirley Jane Peeler, 51.

The sheriff's office said in a press release that deputies were attempting to negotiate with Peeler to persuade her to put her gun down when Peeler fired a shot and threatened deputies with the rifle.

At that point, deputies fired on Peeler, striking her in the torso.

Medical treatment was administered at the scene but Peeler ultimately succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at around 2 p.m.

Deputies found out that Peeler had reportedly been living on the property that had previously belonged to her parents. Peeler had been told to vacate the property when it was placed on the market, but she never did.

The shooting is under investigation by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, the California Dept. of Justice and California Highway Patrol.