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Red Bluff man arrested after officer-involved shooting in October

Tehama County prosecutors said a man who was shot by Red Bluff Police Officer's in October, has been arrested.

Posted: Dec 3, 2020 3:14 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2020 4:38 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. – Tehama County prosecutors said a man who was shot by Red Bluff Police Officer's in October, has been arrested.

On Tuesday, October 20, members of the Red Buff Police Department and California State Parole were involved in an officer-involved shooting incident. 


The rifle was determined to be an air rifle replica of a rifle, the DA's office said. The rifle on the top is an actual law enforcement semi-automatic rifle and the one on the bottom is the air rifle that Thompson pointed at officers.

Around 3:25 p.m., a California state parole agent and several citizens reported seeing a person, who was later identified as Joseph Lloyd Thompson, walking down Gilmore Road in Red Bluff with a semi-automatic rifle similar to an AR-15. Officers from the Red Bluff Police Department responded and joined with the Parole Agent in an effort to locate Thompson. 

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Officials located him further south on Gilmore Road still carrying the rifle. When they contacted him, he turned and pointed the rifle directly at the law enforcement officers and refused to lower the gun when ordered, according to the DA. One Red Bluff Police Officer shot several times at Thompson. Thompson partially fell to the ground, then raised the rifle a second time and again pointed it directly at the law enforcement officers. 

A second Red Bluff Police Officer fired several shots at Thompson who then fell to the ground and remained there.

Thompson was transported to a local hospital where he remained for several weeks until he was just recently released. Thompson is charged with resisting an officer and brandishing a replica firearm, according to the DA.

On Nov. 2, the Red Bluff Police Department released bodycam footage regarding this incident. Read More

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