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Olivehurst pickup owner suspects theft, shoots man

Ernest Badman showed up at Rideout Regional Medical Center late Thursday with multiple gunshot wounds. Yuba County sheriff's deputies were waiting for him.

Olivehurst resident Loren Sniffen shot Badman in the upper body with a 12-gauge shotgun at about 10:30 p.m., Sheriff Steve Durfor said in a statement on Friday.

Sniffen, 38, thought Badman, 26, was stealing things from his pickup, parked in front of Sniffen's home in the 1600 block of Maryclair Drive, Durfor said.

"Sniffen believed that the suspect was armed with a weapon and fired multiple shots in the suspect's direction," Durfor said. "The suspect was able to run to a nearby vehicle and flee the scene."

Detectives seized Sniffen's shotgun, but have not recovered any other weapons, Lt. Damon Gil said.

Deputies staked out the Marysville hospital, looking for any gunshot victims seeking treatment. Badman, 26, arrived a short time later.

Authorities confirmed Badman was involved in the incident on Maryclair.

Gil said investigators have not determined if anything was taken from Sniffen's truck. No arrests have been made.

Badman's injuries are not considered life-threatening. The Linda man was not listed as a patient Friday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Gil said the Yuba County District Attorney's Office would determine whether the shooting was justified following the Sheriff's Department investigation.

"I don't think we've ruled anything out, at this point," Gil said.

Efforts to reach Badman were not successful.

A woman who answered the phone at Sniffen's home Friday afternoon said the family had no comment. She said initial reports of Sniffen shooting at a fleeing vehicle were inaccurate.

"I can say (Badman) was shot during the initial contact," Gil said, but declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

Badman pleaded no contest earlier this year to stealing a vehicle. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 10 in Yuba County Superior Court, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty in 2006 to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Sutter County and was sentenced to serve three years probation, court records indicate.

CONTACT Rob Parsons at or 749-4785. Find him on Facebook at /ADcrimebeat or on Twitter at @ADcrimebeat.

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