May 19, 2014 6:45 AM
There are still many questions surrounding an officer involved shooting in Palermo. The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating, but they are not releasing many details at this point. According to Cathy Smith, her son Cory Bush, 24, was suicidal and called authorities Sunday night around 7pm. When they showed up to his home at 275 Refuge Avenue, witnesses say a police K-9 was sent in before Bush was eventually shot by deputies. It is still unknown as to what happened that led deputies to shoot Bush. Witnesses say that deputies shot Bush's dog as well. Bush's mother describes what the scene was like during the chaos.
"They had crime tape up and wouldn't let me in or see anything. Then a sergeant came up and said I couldn't come in, that it was a crime scene. What are you trying to say, are you saying you shot and killed my son? And they wouldn't answer me. I tried to get through their tape and they had me handcuffed and put in the back of the car. I said you guys are going to arrest me? You just killed my son," she says.
Smith says her son reportedly had a pellet gun, and that Cory's girlfriend and kids were home at the time of the shooting. It is unclear whether this was a suicide by cop situation and if in fact Bush was armed with the pellet gun during the incident.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information as it develops.
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