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Berry Creek man pleads to Oroville shooting

The shooting happened on Aug. 28, but the man was not arrested until Sept. 6.

Posted: Oct 9, 2020 11:49 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Berry Creek man has pleaded as charged to a south Oroville shooting from Aug. 2020.

On Aug. 28, shots were reported in the area of Spencer and Mesa Avenues in south Oroville before more shots were reported later on D Street.

When officers arrived at the location, they say they saw a speeding black car believed to be involved. When they tried to stop the car, officers say they went on with a two-mile-long pursuit through Oroville neighborhoods.

Officers say they lost sight of the car during the pursuit and then found it abandoned. Witnesses say, though, they saw a woman get out of the car. Police found her and arrested her on Bird Street.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey says Jesse Sweeney and another man were found hiding in the Bird Street area. Near where they found Sweeney, officers say they found a semi-automatic handgun that matched the 9-mm shell casings found on the scene of the shooting.

According to Ramsey, officers released Sweeney and the other man, pending further investigation.

While no one was hurt in the shooting, Ramsey says a vehicle did have a bullet hole in it.

On Sept. 6, an officer attempted to pull over Sweeney to arrest him for a warrant related to the investigation. Sweeney did not pull over and instead, a 12-mile pursuit began.

Eventually, officers say Sweeney collided into a tree at the intersection of Pam R Lane and Bald Rock Road. When officers spoke with him, they say they determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

Sweeney is now in custody and faces up to four years and four months in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 4.

The man Sweeney was found with faces charges of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The woman who was driving the car and arrested on Bird Street faces charges of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle and accessory after the fact.

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