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, aNewsCafe.com staff

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