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Butte County deputy hospitalized after traffic stop

A Butte County deputy was hospitalized after a routine traffic stop turned violent.

Posted: May 20, 2019 5:09 AM
Updated: May 20, 2019 8:52 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A Butte County deputy was hospitalized after a routine traffic stop in Chico turned violent.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, around 2:30 a.m. Monday, a deputy attempted to pull over a dark red Mercedes at East First Avenue and Oleander.

There were four people in the car.  During the investigation on the scene, the deputy learned that one of the women in the car had a warrant for her arrest.  While patting her down, the deputy discovered drug paraphernalia.

Deputies say a man in the car got out and ran, but was stopped, and a scuffle ensued.  During that scuffle, they noticed the man had a gun, but no shots were fired.  He was medically checked out as a precaution but was not injured.

Three of the four people in the car were arrested, and charges are pending.  One deputy was hospitalized as a precaution but was not seriously injured.

Bags of evidence were seen being pulled from the trunk of the Mercedes.  The car was eventually towed from the scene.

The street was blocked off for about 45 minutes, but the scene is now clear.

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