On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at 12:28 p.m., deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 10548 Gaucho Road, Redding for a deceased adult male that was located inside the residence by family members.  Upon further investigation, deputies found evidence of an altercation inside the residence and several firearms in plain view.  Deputies also found a deceased dog in the front yard.

While deputies were on scene at Gaucho Road, officers with the Redding Police Department were investigating a suspicious circumstance call on Dune Street, Redding where an adult male, identified as Chance Lee Locken, 33 years old of Redding, reported he woke up in an unknown residence near a deceased male that was reportedly shot.   As officers with the Redding Police Department and deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted their initial investigations, they were able to conclude that the two incidents were linked to one another.

[In a Feb. 3 Sheriff’s Log entry—a male called at 12:12 p.m. stating his father is deceased. When questioned further by call taker, male stated “I don’t feel like answering these questions” and disconnected on call taker.]

Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit were called out and are conducting a homicide investigation.  The Victim has been identified as William Robert Humphries, 77 years old and lived at the Gaucho Road address. Humphries appears to have been shot multiple times.   Locken was contacted by detectives and arrested for 187 PC: Murder, see attached mugshot.  Locken was booked into the Shasta County Jail.  Further details about this investigation will not be released due to the integrity of the ongoing investigation.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday, 02/08/18 on Humphries to determine cause of death.

Based upon the information and circumstances known at this time, there is no risk to public safety and no outstanding suspects. If anyone knows Chance Locken and has had any contact with him in the past several days, they are urged to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or by email at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.