Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting at Gold Country Casino Dies

Jul 2, 2013 10:00 AM

(UPDATE) 5:02 p.m.- Action News Now has received information from a source close to the investigation that responding deputies did find a loaded .357 magnum revolver in the suspect’s vehicle. The source also indicated that responding deputies fired more than one shot, but the 34-year-old suspect did not fire a shot from his weapon. Initial reports indicated the suspect drew the weapon on deputies while resisting arrest, but we are still working to confirm that initial report. It was determined the suspect was not living in his vehicle, but narcotics were found inside his car. No identification has been released, but the source did disclose to Action News Now the suspect did have a criminal past. We will continue to bring you the latest on this story as it continues to develop.

(UPDATE) 10:51 a.m.- Action News Now has confirmed with District Attorney Mike Ramsey the 34-year-old suspect in the officer involved shooting at the Gold County Casino in Oroville this morning has died.

According to Butte County Sheriff Deputies who responded to the scene, a patron reported a suspicious suspect in the parking lot to casino security who stated the man had sleeping in a car, may have been doing drugs and was possibly armed. When Sheriff Deputies arrived at the scene just after 7 a.m., the 34-year-old suspect reportedly resisted arrest and drew his weapon on officers. Witnesses say as officers attempted to restrain the suspect that two shots were fired. An identification of the suspect has not been released. Sheriff Jerry Smith says two deputies were involved in the incident. We will provide more details and updates on this story on our website and on Action News Now at Noon.

Butte County deputies are now at the scene of an officer-involved shooting outside of Gold Country Casino in Oroville. The incident happened at 7:05 Tuesday morning in the casino's parking lot and a dispatcher had confirmed that one person had been shot. We have a crew at the scene and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.


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