Nov 12, 2015 6:30 PM by News Staff
Officials have identified the man shot and killed by Chico police during an armed robbery investigation Tuesday.
Eddie Gabriel Sanchez Jr., 34, of Paradise was shot and killed by officers who were investigating the recent armed robberies of the Jackpot Food Mart on W. 6th Street and then the Chevron gas station on Nord Avenue hours later.
Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien says Sanchez walked out of a house on Pomona Avenue and began approaching officers. O’Brien said Sanchez, who they believe was involved in the robberies, aimed his gun at Detective Mark Bass who fired at least three shots. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene and Bass, a 16-year veteran of the Chico Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says they found a loaded semi-automatic gun underneath Sanchez’s body. The safety was off and it was cocked, Ramsey said.
Butte County court records show Sanchez had an extensive criminal history, including prior convictions for robbery, theft, and drugs.
Two Chico officers have been placed on paid administrative leave and the investigation is ongoing. No law enforcement agents were injured in the shooting.