Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

A Smith River woman is in Del Norte County Jail following what investigators said was a domestic dispute that led to a man being shot in the hand Monday night.

At about 5:30 p.m., law enforcement, fire and medical personnel were dispatched to home on reports that a male subject had been shot in the 16200 block of Gilbert Lane and a female subject was lying at the bottom of a 40-foot cliff.

Fire and medical personnel staged outside the area until responding California Highway Patrol officers determined the home was safe to enter.

According to sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven, investigators determined the two had been in a dispute, which resulted in the man being shot in the hand.

The suspected shooter, Linda Nevarez, 68, was taken to jail and booked for assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. Steven said it will be up to the district attorney whether to pursue greater charges, such as attempted homicide.

Nevarez was located in heavy brush, investigators said.

The home’s rear deck overlooks a tall bluff, which Nevarez jumped over after the shooting, Steven said.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, along with CHP, searched the area for some time before locating her. According to Steven, personnel had to cut a trail through the thick underbrush in order to place Nevarez on a stretcher and transport her to the hospital for evaluation.

She was later taken to county jail, where she remains without bail.