Authorities: CA slayings suspect killed in manhunt

October 1, 2011 8:11:41 PM PDT
Authorities say a man suspected of killing a Fort Bragg councilman and county land trust official was fatally shot by officers after he raised his high-powered rifle in an encounter six miles east of the Northern California town.

Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman said at a press conference Saturday evening that Aaron Bassler died instantly after officers shot him seven times, bringing to an end a weeks-long manhunt.

Allman says officers found Bassler with the help of a bloodhound tracker dog that found his tracks after a burglary at a nearby truck shop.

Dozens of local and federal authorities had been searching in the redwood forests near Fort Bragg, putting the residents of the coastal town on edge.