RED BLUFF, Calif. – The Tehama County District Attorney’s Office shared a ruling released late Wednesday on the officer-involved shooting at the Walmart Distribution Center in Red Bluff that the use of lethal force by law enforcement was lawful, necessary and justified.
Investigators said the shooter, Louis Wesley Lane, rammed a vehicle into the Walmart building and set fire to the vehicle, then began shooting at people inside and in the parking lot.
One person was killed and four people were injured. The shooting happened during a shift change and there were several hundred employees in the area. Therefore, DA Matt Rogers said the officer’s action was lawful.
According to DA Rogers, Officers with the Red Bluff Police Department quickly arrived on the scene. “The officers entered the scene without knowing the identity of the shooter, the number of shooters, and with a diverse group of hundreds of people in a frantic and dynamic setting.”
In order to save those at risk, the officers engaged the shooter and firefight ensued, resulting in Lane being shot, he later died from his injuries, Rogers said.
The District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation and evaluation of the use of force during the shooting, the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office shared. The investigation is ongoing. Once complete a final conclusion and summary will be released to the public.