The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man who was fatally shot by a California State Parks officer after, authorities said, he crashed a vehicle and wielded a knife Friday outside a hotel near Palisades Tahoe.
The man, Vinton Miller, was an employee of Palisades Tahoe, the popular and largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region. Miller, 29, was shot following an alleged carjacking incident about 10 a.m. in Tahoe City, according to a news release. A pursuit ensued, ending with the suspect crashing his vehicle near the Olympic Valley Inn and the Olympic Village Event Center.
The release said Miller exited the vehicle carrying a knife, which led to the officer firing. State Parks and CHP officers attempted to render medical aid, but Miller was pronounced dead.
Miller’s Linkedin, which is under the name Vinton Jay Miller, says he has experience working as a line cook at Palisades Tahoe.
Patrick Lacey, a spokesman with Palisades Tahoe, confirmed Saturday that Miller was an employee at Palisades Tahoe.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this challenging time,” Lacey said in an email statement.
Gloria Sandoval, a deputy director of public affairs with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, told The Sacramento Bee on Friday that the officer who shot Miller was placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
“This is all of the information that I can provide to you at this time,” Sandoval wrote in an email.
The officer’s name has not been released.