Butte County DA: Deputies justified in December fatal shooting

Feb 18, 2015 3:41 PM by News Staff

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced Wednesday that the two deputies who shot and killed a man in Paradise on December 29 were justified in doing so.

Butte County Sheriff's Deputies Hugh Hooks and Will Brewton shot and killed 28-year-old Robert Battaglia on December 29 after Battaglia's mother requested that deputies conduct a welfare check on her son, who was at her home on Good View Road in Paradise.

Ramsey announced the findings of the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting / Critical Incident Protocol Team during a press conference at the Butte County Board of Supervisors Chambers.

According to Ramsey, the deputies arrived on the scene, walked up to the house with Battagalia's mother and attempted to engage in conversation with Battaglia. He refused to come out the front door, so the mother led deputies around to a side door, went in and began talking with Battaglia.

Battaglia then reportedly charged at deputies, attempting to attack them with a knife. Deputy Will Brewton suffered a 3 inch laceration on the left side of the throat over his jugular vein. It was during the altercation that Battaglia was killed.

Action News Now Reporter Cecile Juliette was at the press conference this afternoon and will have a full report on the county's finding tonight on Action News Now at 5 and 6 p.m.

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