District Attorney says deputy shooting in Happy Valley was self-defense

Dec 8, 2015 4:34 PM by News Staff

The Shasta County District Attorney says the sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed a suicidal subject in Happy Valley in September were acting in self-defense.

Deputies shot and killed 55-year-old Tim Kyle Torngren on September 22 after they were called to a home on Odessa Way in Happy Valley.

Torngren’s daughter had requested a welfare check and told dispatchers her father had been making suicidal statements.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, when deputies arrived they encountered Torngren wearing a military-style helmet, vest and flag draped over his shoulders. He had a long gun in one hand and a handgun in the other.

Torngren had his front yard pre-staged with two cars to provide himself with a tactical advantage should he become engaged in a firefight. When he pointed his gun at a Sergeant, several rounds were fired back, but Torngren re-emerged from behind a car and began taunting deputies. He ignored repeated commands to drop his weapons, investigators say.

Because of Torngren’s willingness to engage with armed deputies, and the threat posed to neighbors, deputies decided that if he began to retreat towards the cars or home again, he needed to be stopped.

Moments later, Torngren was shot and killed when he started to head back toward his vehicles.

The District Attorney’s office says deputies believed there could be more weapons or ammunition in one of the cars, and the deputies fired to not only protect themselves, but the entire neighborhood.

Mr. Torngren’s actions toward sheriff’s office deputies made it necessary for them to use their firearms to protect themselves and the surrounding neighborhood,” Shasta County Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said Tuesday.


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