Update on fatal officer involved shooting in West Chico

Nov 11, 2015 2:46 AM

A man was shot and killed by police Tuesday during an investigation into a pair of armed robberies. Officers involved have been placed on administrative leave per protocol for incidents like this.

The situation began around 12:30 p.m. when police surrounded a home on the 600 block of Pomona Avenue. Authorities have confirmed they were in the area conducting surveillance on a man suspected of robbing two Chico convenience stores last Thursday night and Friday morning.

The shooting was reported just before 1:30 p.m. and one man was killed, however his name has not been released. Chief Mike O'Brien of the Chico Police department says the suspect left the house, and began to approach the officers. He was with two other people. The chief adds, the suspect who they believe was involved in the string of armed robberies, aimed his gun at officers. One of the officers then fired 3 rounds. Officers performed CPR and medics were called to scene. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey says they found a loaded semi-automatic underneath the deceased. He says the safety was off and it was cocked.

No one else was injured.

In the moments following the shooting, a man matching the description of one alleged robber was taken into custody. He along with the 3 others detained have been released.

A SWAT team remained on the scene until about 5 p.m., and has since cleared out.

The Butte County District Attorney’s officer involved shooting protocol team is on the scene investigating and will have most of the area closed off for the rest of the night.


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