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Deadly officer-involved shooting in Redding was justified, DA says

The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office says an officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 22, 2019, was justified.

Posted: Sep 4, 2020 3:43 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2020 3:45 PM

REDDING, Calif. – The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office says an officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 22, 2019, was justified.

According to the Shasta County DA, on the morning of Dec. 22, 34-year-old Jesse Adams, of Marysville, was shot and killed by a Redding Police Officer.

Adams was shot after he refused to comply with officers' commands and recklessly drove his vehicle into two occupied police vehicles, according to the DA.

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According to the Shasta County DA report, the incident took place around 3:20 a.m. A Redding police officer was on patrol and initiated a traffic stop for a car that was swerving across multiple lanes in the area of South Market Street and Parkview Avenue.

After pulling into a parking lot on Pine Street, officials say the officer walked up to the vehicle and met the driver, along with two other people in the car.

Officials say the driver appeared to be under the influence. The car was associated with a man later identified as Jesse Donnelly Adams, who was wanted out of the state of Washington, according to the DA.

Due to circumstances, officials say two more Redding officers were requested, both with a civilian ride-along in their patrol cars.

When officers approached the car again, officials say the driver, Jesse Adams, refused to exit. This is when Adams rolled up the window, put the car into reverse and accelerated, hitting a terraced embankment in the parking lot.

According to the DA, Adams then sideswiped one patrol car before accelerating toward the second with the ride-along but missed. He then went toward the third patrol car and the officer standing near it had to quickly move out of the way.

Adams then rammed head-on with the third patrol car, causing the suspect's airbags to deploy, the DA says. During this, a Redding officer fired his weapon, striking the driver, immediately stopping the violent actions.

Officers on scene rendered medical aid and called for additional medical personnel. Adams was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

After a thorough review of the evidence in the case, District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett determined that the officer's use of force was justified.

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