Chico Police officers shot and killed a man inside a local pet store last night (Oct. 15).
The deceased is described as a white male in his 30s, according to a press release from Chico Police Department Chief Matt Madden, and the identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
According to the press release, police began receiving 911 calls at about 7:30 p.m. regarding a man brandishing a knife and threatening people at Community Park on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. As officers searched for the man, more calls came in reporting the suspect had moved near the intersection of Dr. MLK Jr. Parkway and 20th Street, and that he was damaging vehicles with the knife.
Officers located the man at Petco, where he was “actively causing a disturbance,” according to the CPD release. At some point after their arrival, two officers opened fire on the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene after life-saving efforts failed.
This is the first death as the result of an officer-involved shooting in Chico since the back-to-back killings of Desmond Phillips and Tyler Rushing in March and July of 2017, respectively.
The officers have been placed on administrative leave and an investigation is being conducted by the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team, which includes investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies and is led by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.
Ramsey has overseen the investigations of more than two dozen officer-involved shootings in the county since assuming the role of District Attorney in 1987, and has declared all but one of the officers justified in their actions. The lone exception is former Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after shooting 26-year-old Andrew Thomas in Nov. 2015. Feaster didn’t report the shooting until a commanding officer arrived at the scene more than 11 minutes after he shot Thomas in the neck. Feaster was released after serving half of a 180-day sentence in the Lassen County Jail in Susanville.