Off-Duty CHP Officer Fatally Shoots Alleged Prowler

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On March 19, 2017, at 3:08 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Country Oak Drive on a report of a subject prowling and attempting to get into a residence through the back door.  Upon arrival Officers contacted the homeowner and searched the area for the suspect, however did not locate anyone.     

While officers were still in the area SHASCOM received a second call of a subject trying to kick in the front door at a residence in the 400 block of Country Oak Drive.  The caller also reported that the homeowner is an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and he had shot the intruder who was attempting to break into his home.  Officers arrived on scene and contacted the off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer inside of his residence while he was still holding the suspect at gun point.  The suspect had sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.    

The suspect’s identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.  This investigation is ongoing and the identity of the off duty California Highway Patrol Officer is not being released at this time.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200

From press release.

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13 Responses

  1. ginny says:

    Scary……….I had two men try to break in my slider in back a month or two ago.  Then a week later another one tried the front dinette window.  Thankfully, my dogs scared the men off.  And, I live very close to the 400 Country Oak Drive.

  2. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

    Sounds like heroin to me.

  3. Frank Treadway says:

    For those of us without weaponry and the will/guts/demeanor to shoot and kill or maime someone, the option is to have a large dog, metal security doors, 24/7 cameras, pepper spray, nosy neighbors, bars on windows and of course call the RPD.

  4. Karen C says:

    The off duty CHP officer  had every right to shoot and kill!  Sad to say, the police cannot protect us like they used to.  It is up to us! One does not need to be a law enforcement officer to own a legal weapon and get the proper training.  It is as easy as picking up the phone and calling for classes.  We have wonderful, certified trainers in Redding.  Classes fill up fast.

  5. Common Sense says:

    The Police are doing the best that they can with what they have!….The problem is, there is not enough money. Money to hire more officers.The City Council Members don’t want to allow any Businesses into the city that doesn’t fit into their particular small box…..so without the Additional Millions in Tax Revenues that could be flowing into the City Fund with the passage of Prop 64…..these incidents, unfortunately, will continue and if I were betting….get worse!

    The City Council Members don’t want to allow any Businesses into the city that doesn’t fit into their particular small box…..so without the Additional Millions in Tax Revenues that could be flowing into the City Fund with the passage of Prop 64…..these incidents, unfortunately, will continue and if I were betting….get worse! Not to Mention that when they Do Say no at the end of the year….there will be NO grants available either as a consequence!

    What we have to remember is….even with double the officers on the streets…..L.E only show up AFTER an event like this happens…..once in awhile they can stop something in progress but when you look at how large the city is, and just how spread out it is, and the number of current officers on duty at any one time…..you can use some common sense to figure out…..you are on you own for at LEAST a couple of minutes in an event such as this one….or more!

    Frank’s advice is sound above…..a large Dog ( German Shepherd) or similar is a very good bet for personal protection, if one can do that….there are also CCW Classes available for those that are not afraid of handguns.

    So my question is this….what if that were a lady in her 30’s with 3 small kids in the house ( instead of a trained off duty officer)……think it would have turned out different? Would we have read “Mother of Three killed during break-in”?

    It sure seems SAFETY should be a concern for Residents in Redding?….and with more money for more Police officers doesn’t it make sense that things might perhaps be a little safer? Not to mention there might even be enough money to combat the Homeless and Drug problems?…..But that is ONLY if our fine Council people can Change Their minds on the whole Prop 64 Topic and Allow the city to receive the Millions of Dollars that it could! Providing jobs is also another benefit to new businesses being allowed to operate….

    But that is ONLY if our fine Council people can Change Their minds on the whole Prop 64 Topic and Allow the city to receive the Millions of Dollars that it could! Providing jobs is also another benefit to new businesses being allowed to operate….

    It was our Chief of Police that stated a while back that “He has never in his Career ran into a person high on Cannabis that was violent”…… In this particular event…..My bet is Meth was the Culprit!…..So they can pass the donuts and watch a show or you could have your door kicked in by someone amping………I sure know what I would prefer…..When was the last time you heard or saw a headline “Stoned 24 year old breaks through window at 3am and knives couple for new Bong Money?…..

    • Tom Tancredo says:

      The Police are doing the best that they can with what they have!

      No. Just NO! As best i can ascertain the police instead of “ doing the best that they can with what they have!” are attempting to force us to give them more money by withholding services. Have you been involved in a traffic collision lately? I have. Try it and get back to me about how they are “ doing the best that they can with what they have!” They flat refused to show up to my traffic collision and now i have been hassling with the at fault parties insurance for better than 3 months. Gettin real sick of my bicycle for sure. I don’t even disagree with you about sources of revenue that COR is missing out on but on the cop issue you are just plain wrong.

  6. cheyenne says:

    This is not the Redding I left ten years ago.

  7. Common Sense says:

    Tom. sorry to hear about your collision. No…I have not been involved in a Traffic Collision in the 28+ years I have been in the Redding area. It’s called lack of funds for more officers Tom….it’s not a withholding of Service….its a -we have 7 officers on shift right now( for the entire city) and we have to prioritize….if we had double that we can cut our Response times in half….or in your case….get there in the first place….were you injured in your collision by chance? When you called in your 911 call did you mention you were injured?….if you were not….and its a fender bender with no injuries then it is not prioritized as high…..

     

    Picture for a moment…..two football teams….one with 10 Men on the Field…the other team has 5……who do you think is going to win the ball game?…The Men and Women in Uniform in this city are working with an Understaffed Dept……that is a Fact…..its not that they Didn’t want to respond to an accident….its that they simply did not have enough resources at that particular moment…and my guess is….it wasn’t an Injury accident? If it WAS an Injury accident….it makes my point even more Clearly……they need more officers don’t they? More officers cost more money…..everyone likes to squawk about the need for this and that…but very few if any want to Pay for that service! So now we have an OPTION for more Services…without the Majority of the Community having to pay for it……Its called a Tax on the new Prop 64 Passing….the Communities and Cities that say YES to this….Receive Millions of Dollars….and State Grants….the ones that say NO….Zero…..Ziltch….Nadda…. The “Not in my Backyard” Attitude has a Real Cost to it…… so with that in mind….

    My point on the City of Redding and the powers to be refusing to accept the fact that the State of California has voted in Prop 64….like it or not, has to do with Generating More Revenue for the City….doesn’t mean one has to like the idea….it just means unless anyone out there in Redding Land can come up with a Better idea on how to get Millions into the City fund for More Police officers and other services…we need to Look Seriously into this idea! In fact…I am Totally open and will support ANY idea on how to generate more tax revenues for the City that make More Sense than the Cannabis tax ( Any ideas?) With that in mind it can’t hurt the little old lady trying to put food on the table with another Sales tax on top of her RX’s etc! There are enough people in our Community just trying to make it…just trying to pay that utility bill etc….let’s not make it more difficult for them with additional expenses/taxes….lets go where the money is for our Tax Revenues…..if the Cannabis folks want that in our City….Cannabis Dispensaries and Grow Houses…..Lets tax it and get more services for our Residents! Millions per year…..could be tens of Millions if the tax was not Capricious! My point is, the city can say yes or no on this topic….Yes means Millions in Tax Revenues…No means we just lost out on a LOT of Money! And there better be a PLAN to offset that lose or there might be a revolt…Saying NO means there is a Lost Opportunity….sometimes one has to get their “Personal Preferences or Beliefs out of the way” and do what is Right for the Community! By saying NO they also will Miss Out on Grants from the State!!

    • cheyenne says:

      As I have mentioned in Colorado the state requires all MJ grows to be inside and the growers following the state rules are bringing millions of tax dollars into the state.  From what I understand, I may be wrong, that Shasta County wants all grows to be indoors but the growers are fighting that and they have good reasons.  But if the additional tax money is the main driver than the growers need to move inside.

  8. Kerr says:

    Police are trained to put 5-10 rounds into someone once they have grounds to shoot.  I wish they were trained to shoot once then reassess.  I wish that first round in the chamber were less lethal and louder than the rest.

    • Justin says:

      I wish this dude had received help at one of probably a thousand crossroads in his life where the opportunity was missed before this incident.

      I think they are trained to shoot until the threat stops, there is no magic number.  And if you look at the statistics they (cops in general) have approximately a 20% hit rate, so your 5-10 equates to 1 or 2 actual hits.

      There are also no warning shots, leg shots, etc.  If you are in fear for your life, you use deadly force to end the threat, otherwise you weren’t in fear for your life and shouldn’t be using deadly force of any kind.

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