NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — Authorities have identified the woman who was shot and killed by a Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy Thursday afternoon.
Deputies were called to a residential area of Alta Sierra Drive after reports of an adult walking in the road with two small children, both under the age of five. The woman was reportedly armed with a knife and at some point, a deputy opened fire, killing her.READ MORE: Homemade Pipe Bomb Found In Front Of South Sacramento Elementary School
On Friday, the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office identified the woman as 33-year-old Ariella Sage Eloise Crawford. Officials say her birth name was Deidre Eloise Hawkins.
The DA’s office also confirmed the two young children that were at the scene were Crawford’s children. Both children were placed into protective custody after the shooting on Thursday. Neither of the children were hurt in the shooting.
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Officials confirm that Crawford had ties to both Oregon and California. They believe she was living in Nevada County.READ MORE: Sutter Health Short On Vaccines As Blue Shield Takes Over Distribution
A source at the scene told CBS13 the woman had issues with Child Protective Services in Oregon. When deputies arrived on the scene, sources say the woman said, “You are not going to take my children away.”
No other information about the shooting was released. The DA’s office is investigating the shooting with the help of the Truckee Police Department and Grass Valley Police Department.
Both deputies who responded to the incident have been placed on administrative leave. They have been identified as Deputy Caleb Toderean, a four and a half year veteran, and Deputy Matthew Harrison, a four year veteran of the department.
In a social media post Friday afternoon, Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon said, “This was a rapidly evolving incident that unfortunately led to the loss of this young lady’s life. Each and every day our staff are called on to respond to situations that can have unpredictable outcomes. We take that responsibility very seriously and when tragic events occur, they impact everyone including our staff and their families.”MORE NEWS: Evacuations Ordered In Response To Hazmat Situation In North Sacramento
Moon said the sheriff’s office will release video or audio from the incident in the coming weeks.