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BCSO investigating deadly shootout in Berry Creek

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a homicide that happened Thursday in Berry Creek.

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 11:48 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 4:27 PM

BERRY CREEK, Calif. – Two men are dead following a shootout in Berry Creek on Thursday.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 911 call from an individual on Aug. 6, at 2:01 p.m., who reported a dispute on Spence Way, Berry Creek. During the 911 call, the individual reported a man, later identified as 40-year-old Scott Halliburton of Berry Creek, had been shot.

Authorities arrived on the scene and located Halliburton near the driveway of a residence. Deputies say they immediately began applying first aid to Halliburton, but determined he was dead shortly after.

While deputies were providing first aid to Halliburton, deputies and detectives began interviewing witnesses. Witnesses identified the individual who shot Halliburton as 51-year-old Matthew Pia, of Berry Creek. One witness told detectives Pia returned to his neighboring property on Spence Way after the shooting and committed suicide.

Authorities said they immediately responded to the property to check on Pia. Pia was located on the property, but authorities say they determined he was dead as a result of a gunshot wound.

Detectives then obtained a search warrant for Halliburton and Pia’s properties, which are both located on Spence Way. After obtaining the search warrant, detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, Designated Area Deputies, and the California Department of Justice processed the crime scenes and searched the properties.

During the search, numerous evidence items were located to include video surveillance, large quantities of marijuana, firearms, and a butane honey oil manufacturing lab, according to BCSO.

Based on video surveillance and witness statements, detectives determined Halliburton and Pia were involved in a dispute over a property line. The dispute escalated and Halliburton and Pia both shot at each other. Halliburton died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during the shooting. Pia returned to his property, where he died as the result of a gunshot wound.

This investigation is ongoing. Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detectives Tristan Harper or Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.

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