Sheriff: Fatally Shot Man Fired at Officers; Investigation Continues

Kenneth Ray Wilson

The Round Mountain man shot and killed by Redding police officers on Thursday, Aug. 4, had fired at them during their pursuit of him on South Market Street, an ongoing Shasta County’s Sheriff’s Office investigation has confirmed so far.

The Redding Police Department officers involved have not yet been named, but have been put on paid administrative leave. The sheriff’s office is handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.

In a press release issued this afternoon, Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Kent said:

Kenneth Ray Wilson, 41, of Round Mountain, fled from officers during an attempted arrest warrant service at a Veda Street residence. Wilson was sought after for 10 outstanding warrants, two of which were for robbery and attempted robbery. Wilson evaded officers through an alleyway before running out to South Market Street.

As Wilson continued to evade police, he pulled a handgun from his pants and shot at officers pursuing him. Four officers from the Redding Police Department and California Highway Patrol returned fire at Wilson, striking him multiple times, fatally wounding him.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation. The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released by their respective departments.

Once the criminal investigation is completed, the case will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review.

The Shasta County Coroner’s Office conducted the autopsy of Kenneth Ray Wilson earlier this morning. A Coroner’s press release was issued and the cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds. The number of bullets that struck Kenneth Wilson will be discussed at the next scheduled press conference.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a press conference, however, the date, time and location has yet to be determined.

-from press release, staff

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Donna D. says:

    Sorry, but live by the gun, die by the gun. He was a bad man.

    • Avatar g. says:

      hey guess what, we are all bad. you aren't an angel. i sure as heck am not. and so what if he was a felon and had warrants. he should not have been "executed" by those officers who riddled him with 40 shots. even osama wasnt shot 40 times! NOBODY should be gunned down in that fashion, and i do mean nobody! I dont care if you are black, white, brown, native whatever. it was murder by cop not suicide by cop! those officers were pissed off and purposely gunned him down because he eluded them. how can these "trained" officers who surrounded the house he was in be outsmarted? good cop or bad cop?

      • Avatar m says:

        oh please…. so if someone was shooting at you, I guess you would just go up and give him a hug.

      • Avatar Ed N. says:

        I would point out that there has been NO official comment on how many shots have been fired, this is pure speculation taken from a witness who said it SOUNDED LIKE 30-40 rounds after the initial 1-2. Considering how many solid buildings are in the area, I can only imagine the kind of echo and reverb you'd get from shots fired in that area.

        I would say that if you have to make your argument based on something that hasn't even been confirmed as fact yet, then you have a very weak argument indeed.

        • Avatar outsidelookingin says:

          were the cops justified in what transpired?? For sure!! 40 shots? is that excessive? Hell yeah!! i personally spoke with several people that were in that general area that day and let me tell you ED, that it was 40 shots and not reverb or echo bud!! So lets ask this…how many of those 40 shots hit the dead man while he already lay deceased on the ground from the previous head shot?? For future reference, when someone loses their life the last thing the victims family needs to hear is how weak a argument they've made concerning facts of the matter….you get all that ED?

  2. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    Please, enough already. His services are Thursday, 10:00 am at Halcumb Cemetary.

    A potluck after at the Round Mt. Community Center to follow.

    God bless his troubled soul. Much symphathy to his family and friends.