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Police: Chico man arrested after firing gunshots in backyard

Chico police have identified the man arrested after a brief shelter-in-place order.

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 11:49 AM
Updated: Jun 10, 2020 4:11 PM

UPDATE: 2:12 p.m. Thursday, June 10 - Chico police have identified the man arrested after a brief shelter-in-place order.

Officers said around 10:57 a.m. they responded, along with a Butte County Behavioral Health rep, to the 2200 block of E. 8th Street. Officers had established a perimeter around the suspect's home and neighbors were told to shelter-in-place.

A crisis intervention representative made contact via phone with 54-year-old Stephen Barry. He agreed to come out of the house, unarmed, and meet with officers.

Through investigation, officers learned Barry had been using meth and inhaling Co2 canisters before firing a shotgun in his backyard. The shots were fired toward a rented apartment in the same backyard, according to the police.

Barry was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. The firearm was taken as evidence and Barry was booked into the Butte County Jail.


UPDATE: 12:09 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 - Chico police have lifted the shelter-in-place for the 2200 block of East 8th Street.

Officers arrested a man after he fired gunshots inside his home. They say he faces charges of firing in a residence. 

El Monte Ave. to Bruce Road also reopened after a brief closure.


CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police have issued a shelter-in-place for the 2200 block of East 8th Street.

Police say they responded to a report about a man shooting in a backyard. An employee with Butte Behavioral Health talked the man out of his home and detained him peacefully. He faces charges of firing in a residence, according to the police.

Officers have blocked the road from El Monte Ave. to Bruce Road. The area is expected to open up shortly. 

No injuries were reported. 

Action News Now has a reporter on the scene. We are working to learn more.

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