Woman falls off Northern California while taking selfie

Sheriff's Office: Woman Taking Selfie Under Foresthill Bridge Falls 60 Feet

A man was arrested Wednesday night after an hours-long standoff with deputies at a Foresthill home, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said.

Paul Goncharuk, a friend of the woman, told KOVR-TV she was knocked unconscious by the fall, hurt her arm and will require surgery for bone fractures. "The female attempted to take a selfie and fell from the girders landing on the trail approximately 60 feet below".

She fell 60 feet off the bridge's girders that hang underneath the famous 730-foot-tall Foresthill Bridge, which is in Auburn, near Sacramento. The Foresthill Bridge is located in Placer County, about 35 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Rance Shepherd, 34, was taken into custody peacefully after refusing to leave his home for almost 8-and-a-half hours and shooting at law enforcement vehicles, the sheriff's office said.

She was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment, but the extent of her injuries has not been released.

The walkways below the bridge are closed to the public.

"This young lady is very lucky to be alive and the consequences could have been worse for her, her friends and her family", said the spokesperson. "It's a cool place to take pictures, but honestly, it's not worth the risk".

After the woman's near-death-experience on Tuesday, officers issued a warning that any trespassers found on the bridge would be fined.

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