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Suspect Found Dead After Manhunt Near Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD – The subject of an all-out manhunt this afternoon was found dead behind a barn where he apparently hid his truck after attempting to run down a Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy.

George Walter Rosenberg, 41, of Mariposa, was wanted on a no bail warrant for narcotics charges when a deputy spotted his vehicle in the Coarsegold area of Wells Road and Trabuco Road, and attempted to make contact, sometime around 3 p.m. on Jan. 18.Rosenberg attempted to escape and tried to run down the deputy, who fired several shots at the pickup, according to Erica Stuart, Public Information Officer for the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Apparently, at least one of those shots struck the suspect, and he hid behind a barn in the area where he succumbed to his injuries.

The hunt for Rosenberg had gone on for several hours with sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers and a CHP helicopter joining in the search. All avenues of escape from the area were blocked off, as the search for the suspect and his dark green 1998 Toyota Pickup continued.

The Coarsegold school was locked down until about 4:45 p.m. in an abundance of caution. With shots being fired in the area, and a dangerous suspect on the loose, the Sheriff’s Office took steps to keep everyone in the area safe.

The deputy who made the initial contact was uninjured. The investigation into the incident is continuing, and we will have updates as they become available.

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