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On 06/20/14, Friday, at 0147 hours, officers with the Redding Police Department were called to 1616 Willis Street, Redding for a reported disturbance where a subject, hereafter referred to as Victim, was reported as being stabbed. Upon officer’s arrival, they encountered a Suspect in the front yard of 1616 Willis Street who brandished a large butcher’s knife at the officers, within close proximity to them. Three officers subsequently fired their duty weapons at the Suspect out of fear for their personal safety, the other officer’s safety, and the safety of family members on scene. The Suspect was struck multiple times by officer’s gunfire. EMS personnel arrived a short time later, at which time the Suspect was pronounced dead.
Responding Officers quickly learned that the Victim, inside the residence, had suffered multiple stab wounds and was found deceased. Witnesses on scene told officers that the Suspect stabbed the Victim prior to officer’s arrival.
No other persons at the residence or neighboring residences were injured during either incident. The three involved officers were not injured. They have been placed on paid Administrative Leave, pending an internal investigation pursuant to Redding Police Department policy. There are no outstanding suspects stemming from these incidents.
The Shasta County Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was initiated by the Redding Police Department. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit is handling the criminal investigation with regards to the Officer Involved Shooting incident. The Redding Police Department is conducting the homicide investigation regarding the murder of the Victim. Autopsies are scheduled for the first part of next week for the Victim and the Suspect. The public can expect the Victim and Suspect identities to be formally released next week, after the autopsies. The involved officer’s names are also expected to be released next week, once the officer involved shooting investigation has been concluded.
– Press Release