Jan 7, 2016 7:03 PM by News Staff
Shasta County Sheriff's Thursday identified the man shot to death by police at his north Redding apartment complex as Stephen John Bukwich.
Bukwich, 52, was shot by officers outside his apartment on Boulder Creek Drive in north Redding around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Friday by the Shasta County Coroner.
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer involved shooting in Redding that left one man dead. Authorities say about 6 p.m. Tuesday evening several gunshots rang out in the apartment complex on Boulder Creek Drive in north Redding. Nine officers were reported to have fired their service weapons at the suspect. He was reported to have been hit several times, although there is no indication on how many officers actually hit the suspect.
Witnesses said the suspect came in and out of the apartment more than a dozen times holding what they believed to be the weapon that was reported as being fired approximately six or seven times before police arrived.
Redding Police Lt. Pete Brindley said, "The gunman came in and out of the apartment, we believe 10-15 times and the last time that the subject exited the apartment, there were shots fired."
The suspect was also reportedly yelling about President Obama and randomly firing the gun. Officers first tried negotiating with the man and attempted to subdue him by firing beanbag rounds. At one point, he grabbed a neighbor and pulled her into his apartment and hugged and kissed her.
The nine officers involved are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.