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Detectives spotted 25-year-old Cody Pettigrew driving a car in the area of Humboldt Road and Forest Ave. Officers conducted a traffic stop after locating him.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 3:27 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2019 8:14 PM

UPDATE 4:39 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 - In August the Chico Police Department received several reports of shots fired near the intersection of Forest Ave. and Humboldt Road.

Police units arrived on scene and located an occupied vehicle that had been struck by a gunshot, police said. The suspected vehicle and an associated apartment were surrounded by police. Officers were on scene for several hours serving a search warrant at the location.

The incident caused both Hank Marsh Jr. High School and Little Chico Creek Elementary school to be placed on lockdown.

Evidence was recovered during the search warrant, but the suspect was not located until Thursday, Nov. 14. Detectives spotted 25-year-old Cody Pettigrew driving a car in the area of Humboldt Road and Forest Ave. Officers conducted a traffic stop after locating him.

Pettigrew yielded his car to the side of the road and immediately fled the car. A short foot pursuit occurred, and Pettigrew was shortly caught and taken into custody.

Pettigrew was booked on a single count of assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Butte County Jail.


UPDATE 11:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 - Police would not confirm if the suspect lives in the apartment in which they entered earlier tonight.

When asked how many suspects they were negotiating with or the car they drove, Police would not release the information.

Officials advise people to stay aware and vigilant.


UPDATE 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 - The standoff has ended after several hours and the lockdown is lifted.

When police entered the apartment they thought the suspect was in, they could not locate the suspect.

Looking for the suspect has now turned into a manhunt.

Stay with Action News Now for the latest developments.


UPDATE 10:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 - The standoff continues at the Murphy Commons apartment complex.

At this time, several officers and the bomb squad unit have both left the scene though the perimeter is still up.

The police are continuing to use the loud-speaker to speak with the suspect in trying to get them out of a vehicle.

All the apartments in the building are under lockdown.

Police say the men shot-at at 7-eleven earlier were not injured.


UPDATE 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 - Chico Police have a perimeter around the suspect in Murphy Commons in South-East Chico on Notre Dame Boulevard.

Officials are using a loud-speaker to ask the suspect to come out of a white vehicle.


UPDATE 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 - The crime scene remains at 7-Eleven on Forest Ave. and Humboldt Road.

Marsh Junior High is secure and no students present.

Little Chico Creek school has been evacuated.

Chico Police is asking for people to avoid Forest Ave. and Humboldt Road.


CHICO, Calif. - Two schools are on cautionary lockdown after shots fired near 7-Eleven in Chico around 2:30 p.m.

John Shepherd, Director of Secondary Education at Chico Unified School District said Chico Police Department told the schools they need to put Little Chico Creek Elementary and Marsh Jr. High School on precautionary lockdown.

Marsh Junior High has already been released on a short day, students have already gone home. The lockdown only affects staff at Marsh Junior High.

Little Chico Creek students are being released to parents one class at a time by Chico Police and Chico Unified staff in a safe environment.

The school is calling this 'code yellow' meaning the students are locked in and teachers are making sure they're safe, but there isn't a known threat on campus.

At this time Chico Police are in constant communication with the school district and working on an evacuation plan for Little Chico Creek.

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