UPDATE 4:27 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 - The Redding Police Department said the Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Denise Way in Cottonwood regarding a welfare check on Tuesday afternoon.
A woman reported saying a man was causing a disturbance and acting irrationally. The man was identified as 41-year-old Thomas Barbosa of Cottonwood.
The woman told deputies Barbosa was following her and children in a separate vehicle. Deputies said they instructed the woman to drive to the area of Auction Yard in Cottonwood to meet them.
According to Deputies, Barbosa was the subject of several mental health-related welfare check calls in the past year and had a history of being suicidal and uncooperative with law enforcement.
Once deputies arrived at Auction Yard to meet the woman who called, Barbosa left the location in his car. The car was described as a Ford F-150.
Deputies started following the car and attempted a traffic stop in the area of Gas Point Road near Joanne Lane. However, Barbosa did not stop for them.
A CHP helicopter assisted the police, once the helicopter was overhead, deputies ended their pursuit near Gas Point Road at Platina Road and stopped following Barbosa’s truck.
The CHP helicopter maintained visual contact with Barbosa’s truck as it drove westbound on Platina Road for 15 minutes, according to deputies. The truck made a U-turn and drove up a small dirt embankment on the north side of Platina Road, driving through a barb wire fence.
Deputies said Barbosa drove the vehicle on top of the small embankment, positioned the truck to face the large cliff-drop off. The truck remained stopped in this position for several minutes. Without warning, Barbosa accelerated forward and drove off the steep cliff. The truck rolled several times and came to rest on its driver side with the roof resting against a large tree, deputies said.
The CHP helicopter crew notified the Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies who arrived in the area to assist Barbosa. He was conscious and authorities said he refused to listen to deputies’ commands.
Barbosa was armed with a fixed blade knife and refused to drop the knife after deputies attempted to negotiate with him for several minutes, according to the police.
A Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant fired one round from a .223 caliber rifle, striking Barbosa, according to police.
Deputies said they began rendering medical aid and additional medical personnel also arrived to assist.
Barbosa was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Redding Police Department Investigations Division took over the investigation with the assistance from the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - An investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting in Shasta County is underway.
Investigators are not releasing many details, but what we do know - a person drove off an embankment and into a ditch at Platina Road near Nono Road in Ono around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
That person was shot and killed by a Shasta County Deputy.
Action News Now is working to find out why the deputy fired on the person, but authorities on the scene would not release that information yet.