Paralyzed shooting suspect unable to make court appearance

Sep 4, 2015 5:55 PM by News Staff

An Oroville man left paralyzed following a police shooting on the Fourth of July was scheduled to appear in court today, but was not healthy enough to do so, his attorney told a Butte County Judge Friday.

Jeremy Hunter, 37, allegedly brandished and fired a shot from .357 magnum at an Oroville police officer after he’d been pulled over for having a headlight out.

The officer returned fire, striking Hunter five times. Hunter was treated at Enloe Medical Center and is now recovering at a local rehab center.

He is facing several charges including assault with a firearm on a police officer, and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

On Friday, the court issued a bench warrant for Hunter’s arrest, but held it until September 30 at 8:30 a.m. Hunter is expected to remain in the rehab center until that date.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced last month that the officer who shot Hunter was justified in doing so.

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