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Man shot by police during search for guns

William Ferchland

A South Lake Tahoe police officer shot a 21-year-old man during a search warrant to find stolen handguns at a house along Tahoe Keys Boulevard.

Detective Chuck Owens would not release the identity of the officer who fired one shot and hit Stuart Anson Martin, Jr. in the arm.

Martin was treated at Barton Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was booked at El Dorado County Jail at $10,000 bail on several counts of suspicion of resisting authorities and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday a task force that consisted of police and officials with SLEDNET, South Shore’s drug enforcement team, conducted a search warrant for 820 Tahoe Keys Blvd.

Owens said since stolen handguns were believed to be in the house, tactical measures were used, such as a flashbang grenade.

When the noise grenade was used, Martin exited through a door at the carport and was shot, Owens said.

He was believed to be carrying a handgun. Owens said it’s under investigation whether Martin pointed the gun at the officer.

Other people were in the house but were not arrested or injured, Owens said.

Following procedure, the officer involved was put on paid administrative leave while the investigation is underway. The leave also allows the officer time to cope with the incident, Owens said.

The last shooting that involved police officers was in April 2003 when Brandon Lowder was killed during a domestic violence call. Two officers shot Lowder as he pointed a replica .45-caliber BB gun at them.

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