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Man identified after deadly officer-involved shooting in Cottonwood

Deputies and medical personnel both administered medical aid but Robert Lyon was pronounced dead on the scene.

Posted: Jun 2, 2020 4:05 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 10:28 PM

UPDATE: 5:06 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - The Redding Police Department said 65-year-old Robert Lyon of Cottonwood was the man shot and killed by a deputy on June 2.

Officials say they were dispatched to an Adobe Road home in regards to a woman asking for help and saying she was being threatened with a gun by Lyon.

According to police, Lyon also lives at the home and, when they arrived, he was still inside. Over a speaker, officials repeatedly made announcements from the driveway to try and get him to come out of the home.

Eventually, Lyon walked out armed with a loaded shotgun. He then refused multiple commands from Shasta County Deputies to comply.

Redding Police said this is when one deputy was "forced to fire several rounds from his department-issued patrol rifle towards Lyon," shooting and killing him.

Deputies and medical personnel both administered medical aid but Lyon was pronounced dead on the scene.

During the initial investigation, officials say they learned Lyon had fired the shotgun earlier in the morning into a vehicle that was leaving his home. This shooting was not reported to authorities when it happened.

Additionally, neighbors in the area reported hearing multiple gunshots coming from the area of Lyon's property within the previous 24-hours. Those went unreported at the time, as well, according to officials.

The Redding Police Department Investigations Division has taken over the investigation, with assistance from the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.

This investigation is ongoing and officials say no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Redding Police Department Investigations Division at 530-225-4200.

An autopsy on Lyon will soon be conducted.


COTTONWOOD, Calif. – One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Cottonwood Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said a call came in shortly before 11 a.m. from the 22000 block of Adobe Road in Cottonwood, according to the CHP. 

Cal Fire, CHP, Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies, and coroners all responded.

Adobe Road was closed off for several hours. Around 4:30 p.m., officers said they reopened the road.

Action News Now is working to learn more information. We will provide additional details as they become available.

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