The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has released new information in regards to December 18th officer involved shooting that happened under the Cypress Street bridge near Park Marina Drive.
According to the press release, the officer was working a DUI checkpoint near the intersection of East Cypress Avenue and Parkview Avenue that is when the officer went under the bridge to urinate.
The officer encountered the homeless man, identified as 39-year-old Joseph Anthony Galbraith, on the bank of the Sacramento River near Park Marina Drive just before 6:30 p.m.
According to the Redding Police Department, Galbraith told the officer he had a knife as he advanced towards the officer. As a result the officer shot Galbraith in the upper torso.
Officer found a large folding knife, a box cutter and methamphetamine, according to the press release.
He was eventually transported to Mercy Medical Center for his non-life threatening injury and released.
The officer was not injured during the incident.
A criminal complaint will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.
Investigators are not saying if the officer will be cited for urinating in public. Under California Penal Code 374.3, it is illegal to urinate in public and people can face a fine of $270 for the first conviction and up to $1,000.