Tragic Stabbing Incident Leaves One Dead, Suspect Apprehended in Quincy, CA
Photo: Image of suspect Owne Majers | Plumas County Sheriff’s Office
Quincy, CA – A peaceful morning in Quincy, California turned into a scene of horror on May 27, 2023, as a distress call came into the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Dispatch from a female resident residing in the 600 block of Edwards Avenue. The caller reported that a male individual had started a fire inside her home. Acting swiftly, the PCSO dispatched emergency personnel to the scene, only to discover a chilling revelation upon arrival—a male subject had been stabbed.
Tragically, despite the best efforts of the responders and subsequent transportation to the hospital, the male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as James R. Cross, 71 years old, from Quincy. This shocking turn of events has left the community in grief and mourning.
The suspect in this heinous crime was swiftly identified as Owen Majers, a 38-year-old resident of Quincy. Law enforcement acted promptly, apprehending Mr. Majers and taking him into custody. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office would like to assure the public that there is no ongoing threat related to this incident, as the suspect is now in custody.
Currently, the PCSO is conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. To ensure a meticulous examination of the crime scene, the assistance of the California Department of Justice was requested, and their personnel are on-site, diligently assisting with the processing of the area.
During the incident, the fire ignited by the suspect was swiftly contained by the Quincy Fire Department. Their rapid response prevented the flames from spreading to other areas, mitigating further damage and potential danger to nearby residents.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office extends its gratitude to the following agencies for their swift response and invaluable assistance during this trying time: Plumas District Hospital, Quincy Fire Department, Meadow Valley Fire Department, Plumas County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, and the California Highway Patrol. The seamless cooperation and professionalism exhibited by these agencies have played a vital role in managing this complex and tragic situation.
Sheriff Todd Johns expressed his condolences, stating, “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim during this tragic and difficult time. The PCSO is committed to conducting a thorough investigation to bring justice to the victim and ensure the safety and well-being of our community.”
As an active investigation, further details regarding the incident cannot be disclosed at this time. The PCSO remains dedicated to diligently gathering all pertinent information and will update the public as soon as additional facts become available. The attached photo of Mr. Majers provided was taken in 2022, as a newer image is currently unavailable.
Anyone with information related to this distressing incident is urged to contact the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 283-6300. Callers may choose to remain anonymous as they assist law enforcement in their pursuit of justice.