Neighbors shaken following officer-involved shooting in downtown Redding

Jul 6, 2014 6:38 PM by Charlene Cheng

Residents in a downtown Redding neighborhood where police officers shot a man are still shaken by the incident.

"It's kinda scary. This around our neighborhood, not that far from my house," Diane Ragland said.

Steve Kirk was walking down the street to the gas station from his apartment when he found himself at the scene of a showdown.

"Pretty much it's like I see my eyes flash before my eyes," he said.

Police say that just before 5:30 p.m., they were called to a home on Liberty Street by a woman reporting a suicidal man armed with a shotgun.

Upon arrival, officers encountered 28-year-old Joseph Copeland near the front porch.

He pointed his shotgun at them, and in defense of their lives, six officers fired their weapons and hit the suspect.

"I stopped right there not knowing the gun was going to be shot off when I stopped, and all of a sudden I hear the barrel of the shotgun being shot, and I took off running," Kirk said.

People living in the neighborhood say that this incident has made them think twice about walking around outside.

"It's not safe for us. It's not safe no more. It's not safe for our kids!" Ragland said.

Copeland has been released from the hospital.

He has been booked in Shasta County Jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a firearm on a peace officer, and brandishing a firearm at a peace officer.


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