A man shot and killed Saturday night as he and a group of friends fled from an armed Plumas County resident was born and raised in Chico.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said Rory McGuire, 20, was the driver of a blue sedan carrying five other young men and fleeing from Gregory Wallin-Reed, 36, who chased them on Janesville Grade Road in his pickup about 11:30 p.m.
Wallin-Reed said the men had just stolen solar lights from his home in Janesville.
McGuire moved from Chico about five years ago to attend school in Lassen County.
Wallin-Reed got into his pickup and chased the suspects. He told sheriff’s officials he believed someone in the sedan fired at him, prompting him to return fire.
Armed with a .223-caliber deer rifle and a handgun, Wallin-Reed reportedly fired several times at the fleeing car, said investigator Sgt. Steve Peay.
Peay said the young men in the car, all either 19 or 20, were found in possession of the solar lights, but there is no evidence any of them was armed.
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