This story has been updated with new information at 5 pm on Friday.
There was a shooting incident Friday morning at Palisades Tahoe ski resort that led to an officer firing and killing a suspect who was involved in an area carjacking.
Late Friday afternoon (Jan. 27), the California State Parks confirmed a fatal shooting at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley.
According to the State Parks report, around 10 a.m. Friday morning a State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) attempted to stop a vehicle that was involved in a carjacking in Tahoe City.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported the incident began with a wild truck drive through Tahoe City, where a passenger eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle to escape.
The vehicle was reportedly a Palisades Tahoe truck. Eyewitnesses described the truck swerving erratically along Highway 28 before it crashed at Palisades Tahoe.
That pursuit ended in a traffic collision outside the Olympic Village Event Center at Palisades Tahoe.
The subject exited the vehicle armed with a knife and an officer-involved shooting took place involving the SPPO, just as a California Highway Patrol officer arrived to assist.
Officers provided medical aid to the subject, but despite their efforts the subject succumbed to his injuries. The public is advised to avoid the area as the investigation is ongoing.
The department did not release details on how many shots were fired or what happened that prompted the officer to fire their gun. It is also unknown if the man still had the knife in hand during the shooting.
Earlier today, Patrick Lacey, a spokesperson for Palisades Tahoe, said a California State Parks police officer fired their weapon, striking the man, and no other person was involved.
At the time of incident, Lacey would not confirm whether the individual was armed. Late Friday morning, he said the area and ski resort “are pretty stable right now.” He declined to comment further on the incident and referred all comments to State Parks.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s office, the shooting happened in the Olympic Village Event Center parking lot after a “critical incident.” Sgt. Dave Smith, a spokesperson with the Sheriff’s office, said the in incident happened at approximately 11 a.m.
“The situation is stable now. It was just an officer and suspect involved,” Smith said. “All officers involved are OK. No information is currently known regarding the suspect.”
The Sheriff’s office posted a message on social media at 11:11 a.m. asking people to avoid the area. There is currently a heavy law enforcement presence in Olympic Valley on Friday.
It hasn’t been a great month for Palisades Tahoe. This is the second incident at the resort. On Jan. 9, an avalanche on newly opened KT-22 killed 66-year old Kenneth Kidd. A second avalanche took place one day later on the Alpine side of the resort. There were no injuries.