Two men were found dead last week at homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and the cases are being investigated as homicides, the sheriff’s office says.
Zachery Minissale, left; Russell Rippetoe. (Eureka County Sheriff’s Office; Nevada County Sheriff’s Office)
The suspect in one of the deaths is dead, having been killed by a law officer on a remote Nevada highway.
• The body in the first case was discovered around noon Wednesday, after the Nevada County sheriff’s office received a call from their colleagues in Nevada’s Eureka County. That morning, a California man had been fatally shot after a chase that began when he opened fire on a road crew on a two-lane desert highway.
Nevada County deputies went to the driver’s home, on Bodie Ridge Road about 3 miles northwest of Nevada City, and found a man dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim was identified as Jessic Clayton Robiere, 30, a British citizen who had been living in Truckee. He appeared to have been dead for less than 48 hours, sheriff’s Lt. Sean Scales told the Grass Valley newspaper The Union.
The homeowner, who is the prime suspect in Robiere’s death, was Zachery Isaiah Minissale, 34.
Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts said Minissale shot a state road worker on Nevada Highway 278 around 10 a.m. Wednesday and then led highway patrol officers on a 40-mile chase south toward the town of Eureka. When his Dodge Ram cargo van was disabled by a spike strip in the road, he exchanged gunfire with the pursuing officers and was fatally shot.
The road worker, who is expected to recover, was the driver of a pilot car escorting traffic on a stretch of road that was being repaved. He reportedly was shot when he tried to stop Minissale from driving