By Christopher Baker

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — An off-duty Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputy exchanged gunfire with a suspect near Auburn late Thursday morning.

The sheriff’s office says, around 11:30 a.m., the deputy, who likely was in the area and heard the call regarding a disturbance come in over the radio, responded to the 12000 block of Griffin Way and made contact with a subject.

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Exactly why the situation escalated is unclear, but the sheriff’s office says the off-duty deputy and a subject ended up exchanging gunfire.

The deputy was not hurt in the shooting; the subject was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

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“I don’t know who shot [the suspect]. I don’t know how he got shot, but I probably heard seven or eight gunshots,” said Patrick Flaherty who witnessed the shooting.

Several other people at the scene have also been detained, the sheriff’s office says.

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Both the Placer Sheriff and the Placer County District Attorney will be investigating the incident.