19-year-old Magalia Woman Identified as Driver in Officer Involved Shooting

Sep 23, 2013 2:23 PM

Chico Police have identified the woman killed in Saturday's officer-involved shooting as 19-year-old Breanne Sharpe from Magalia.

Sharpe did have a run in with police back in Feb 23, 2013 when she was arrested for stealing a vehicle and evading an officer, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said. Sharpe was convicted and put on probation. Sharpe also had an arrest warrant for failure to report to her probation officer issued on July 25, 2013, Ramsey said.

This weekend's incident began with a 911 from a citizen reporting a man trying to steal items from parked cars and trucks in the Nob Hill neighborhood on Bruce Road around 2 a.m. When officers pulled up to the scene, they saw a dark colored Honda coupe leave the area, according to the Chico Police Department's press release.

Officers identified the Honda as stolen and may have contained stolen property inside. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but Sharpe failed to yield and continued westbound on East 8th Street. The car continued into the driveway of the Vista Verde Apartments, came out on the other side, and headed eastbound on East 8th Street eventually crashed into a utility pole.

According to police officials, after the vehicle crashed an officer in pursuit got out of his car and ordered the driver to stop, but the suspect threw the car into reverse and accelerated towards the officer. The officer then reportedly fired several rounds at the car in self-defense. The car then missed the officer, made a U-Turn onto the sidewalk, drove over a small tree, collided into a police car, and kept driving. Responding officers fired several more rounds at the vehicle until the Honda hit another cop car and came to a stop.

After securing the scene officers began administering life-saving efforts to Sharpe in the driver seat but she succumbed to her wounds and later died at Enloe Medical Center. Police Officials later confirmed Sharpe was shot twice.

The five officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, which is standard protocol during an investigation of officer involved shootings.


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