On Sunday, March 10 2019, at approximately 11:00 PM, two officers with the California Highway Patrol were conducting a DUI investigation in the parking lot of Bob’s Liquor located at 1074 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA. Near the conclusion of the DUI investigation, the adult male suspect became uncooperative and told the officers he had a handgun. The suspect refused to comply with the officer’s orders as they were attempting to place him into handcuffs. One officer attempted to subdue the suspect with a taser, however, it was not effective. Another officer attempted to physically restrain the suspect, but the suspect ultimately fled on foot northbound on Rockabye Lane.
CHP officers reported that the suspected fired a weapon at them while he fled. CHP officers fired multiple rounds from their duty weapons and chased the suspect into the backyard of a nearby residence on Rockabye Lane. The Rockabye Lane property was not owned or occupied by the suspect and the homeowners did not know him. The CHP officers then radioed for assistance and multiple officers from the Redding Police Department, CHP and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. RPD officers located the suspect lying down holding a handgun in his hand in the backyard of the nearby residence. RPD officers ordered the suspect to drop the handgun however he failed to comply. RPD deployed a less lethal bean bag round in an attempt to subdue him but it had no effect on him and he continued to refuse to comply with officers orders. The suspect raised the handgun he was holding and multiple officers from RPD fired their duty weapons striking the suspect. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The handgun possessed by the suspect was recovered on scene by crime scene personnel. Additional information about the handgun is not available for release at this time.
The Shasta County Multiagency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and allied agencies responded to assist. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation. Detectives and investigators assigned to this investigation have been conducting follow up, obtaining statements from witnesses, collecting video surveillance and processing the scenes. No officers or citizens were injured during this incident. The residents of the Rockabye Lane address were home at the time of the shooting and were not injured. There are no outstanding suspects and there are no other public safety risks. At the conclusion of the investigation, a case will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review.
An autopsy on the suspect has been scheduled for later this week. Identity of the suspect will be released once proper next of kin notification has been completed. There are no photographs or videos available for release at this time. Anyone with information about this investigation or who was a witness to it is urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.