Woman killed in Redding's Christmas Eve officer-involved shooting identified

The Shasta County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in a Christmas Eve officer-involved shooting.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 7:26 PM
Updated: Dec 30, 2020 10:25 AM

UPDATE: 8:39 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 - The Shasta County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in a Christmas Eve officer-involved shooting.

A Deputy Coroner Investigator identified the woman as 39-year-old Tara Rae Liubakka, of Redding.

Action News Now is working to learn more.


REDDING, Calif. – Investigators are still not commenting about an officer-involved shooting that happened on Christmas Eve because the case is still ongoing.

The incident started at a home near Irwin Road, around 7 p.m. on Thursday. Police say they received reports of shots fire and found a man with two gunshot wounds.

Investigators say the suspect, a woman, also made threats to shoot people. Police say they then received a report of an armed carjacking with a woman matching that same description.

The Redding Police Department says the woman used the car to drive into a Walmart on Dana Drive.

People in the community are still in shock from what happened on Christmas Eve

“At the same time nothing really blows my mind,” said Josh Figueroa of Redding.

“But it used to not really happen here. I was just telling my dad about it when we pulled in.”

Cellphone video shared with Action News Now showed the officer got closer to the woman.

Police say as the officer got closer to the woman, she came towards him with the two knives. That’s when the officer then opened fire.

The woman died a short time later at the hospital. Action News Now is still working to figure out the identity of the woman. Police are still not releasing the name of the officer involved in Thursday night’s shooting.

As investigators continue to look into the case, Action News Now looked into the policies in place regarding de-escalation at the Redding Police Department.

RPD says police go through what's called crisis intervention training, which teaches officers different styles of communication and de-escalation.

But every situation is different and is gaged on a case-by-case basis. Lieutenant Jeff Wallace with the Redding Police Department says officers are trained to analyze and identify threats.

But police first want to get voluntary compliance.

“Officers are evaluating all the circumstances,” said Lt. Wallace.

“Everything they know at hand they're using those to make decisions on, what resources they need, and what they're going to be able to do.”

“But again, it's going to be dependent upon the people that are making the decisions,” explained Lt. Wallace.

“Which are generally the people that are the problem at the scene, the people who are using drugs or mental crisis. We try to do everything that we can to get compliance.”

RPD says it constantly does threat assessment and crisis intervention training.

The agency also says if an officer is involved in a crisis situation, like an officer-involved shooting, they will be placed on paid administrative leave.

When it comes to an officer using deadly force, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office looks into whether there was an imminent threat to that officer or bystanders.

But the DA's office also looks into other factors. Such as training, years of experience, and tactics used during the situation.

“We have to look at all of the facts,” said Stephanie Bridgett, Shasta County’s District Attorney.

“We're going to look at the facts known to us based on the investigation, interviewing all witnesses, and watching the videos that are involved.”

Usually, an independent law enforcement agency investigates officer-involved shootings.

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