Suspect Killed in Officer Involved Shooting At Gold Country Identified

Jul 3, 2013 4:30 PM

The Butte County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspect in yesterday morning's officer involved shooting in the parking lot of the Gold Country Casino as 35-year-old Sengaroune Silaphanhdeth. Silaphanhdeth is from Sioux Falls, S.D., and was wanted by the US Marshals for absconding from federal probation.

Action News Now spoke with Tom Genz, Supervising Deputy with the US Marshals in Sioux Falls this afternoon. Genz confirmed with Action News Now Silaphanhdeth was previously arrested and convicted in a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) case for selling narcotics. Silaphanhdeth served time then was released into a federal probation program. Silaphanhdeth broke the terms of his probation, which initiated the arrest warrant by the US Marshals office. Jennifer Palmer, the US Probation Officer in charge of Silaphanhdeth’s case, did not return our phone call.

Yesterday at approximately 6:47 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the security office at Gold County Casino in Oroville after a patron reported a man was in the parking lot armed with a handgun while using drugs in a vehicle. The patron also stated the suspect, described as an Asian adult male, brandished the firearm, according to the Sheriff’s Department’s press release.

Two deputies responded to the parking lot and were directed towards Silaphanhdeth’s silver Nissan Frontier. When deputies contacted Silaphanhdeth, a struggle ensued as the suspect reportedly attempted to pull a handgun on deputies. Butte County Sheriff Deputy Jason Piazza, a 17-year veteran, shot the suspect.

Lifesaving measures were administered to Silaphanhdeth who was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The release also stated the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) Protocol Team was activated, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing. Deputy Piazza and the other responding deputy have been placed on investigative leave until the investigation is complete, which is standard protocol.


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