Update on This Mornings Officer Involved Shooting in Chico

Sep 22, 2013 2:46 PM

Here is what we know so far about this morning's officer-involved shooting: According to Chico Police, someone reported a man trying to steal items around 2:00am from parked cars and trucks in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Bruce Road. When officers pulled up to the scene, they saw a dark-colored Honda drive away. They tried to pull it over, but the driver took off and headed westbound on east 8th street, turned onto Alpine into an apartment complex on Vista Verde, ignoring the police lights and sirens. The driver came to a bend in the road, hit the bend at 40mph, and stopped. The car then continued into the driveway of the Vista Verde Apartments, came out on the other side and headed eastbound on east 8th Street, and crashed into a utility pole. A police officer in pursuit got out of his car and ordered the driver to stop, but the suspect threw the car into reverse, and accelerated towards the officer, who fired several rounds at the car in self defense. The car missed the officer, made a U-Turn onto the sidewalk, drove over and broke a tree, collided into another police car, and kept driving. Officers fired several more rounds on East 8th, and the driver hit another cop car, came to a stop. That's when officers moved in, found a woman in the drivers's seat, and began life-saving efforts. She was pronounced dead at Enloe Medical Center, and it was determined that she was shot twice. The teenager, according to police, has a history of juvenile theft, and the car was stolen from an elderly Chico woman, who didn't know it was missing. There were 5 officers involved in the shooting, and they are on administrative leave, which is normal protocol during an investigation like this. The Critical Incident Protocol Team has been activated to conduct an independent investigation.


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