Authorities identify the man killed in a Red Bluff police shooting

The Red Bluff Police Department identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting on Sunday.

Posted: Apr 14, 2019 9:53 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 2:08 PM

UPDATE 6:08 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019: Action News Now Reporter spoke with Myra Taylor, Henry Lane's former Common Law wife, who lived with him for 8 years and says Lane has a mental health illness.

"The police and the sheriff in this community in this county know better than anyone and they've dealt with these people years in and year out what their problems are and what their issues are and stopping them permanently with a bullet is not going to end the mental health crisis," Taylor said.  

"We need help in our community and using a gun is not the help that everyone needs," she said. 

Although the investigation is still ongoing, Red Bluff Police Department held a press conference Monday at 2 p.m. 

"Ultimately, when one of the officers felt their life or the life of one of the other officers were in danger in terms of receiving a significant injury, a choice was made to utilize deadly force," said Red Bluff Chief of Police Kyle Sanders. 

He continues to say that the use of deadly force was appropriate.

"I think a use of a stick, in this case, was several feet in length and had some girth to it I think anyone who is reasonable could conclude that if that weapon were used against an officer or anyone for that matter and was to strike them particularly in the head would cause serious bodily injury to one of our officers," Sanders said. 

The investigation is still ongoing and Corporal Harper has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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UPDATE 1:42 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019 - The Red Bluff Police Department identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting on Sunday. 

His name is Henry Lane, 42, of Red Bluff. 

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UPDATE 6:24 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Video from witnesses of the officer-involved shooting was added to this story. You can see responders providing CPR to the victim a couple of minutes after the victim was shot.

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RED BLUFF, Calif. - Red Bluff police officers were involved in an officer-involved shooting incident on Sunday morning, just after midnight.

The incident occurred at the Antelope River Bridge. Police contacted a man on Antelope Blvd., just east of Rio Street.

Police said the man was armed with a large stick. They said they asked him repeatedly to drop the stick, but he refused. He walked away as the officer followed him on foot.

Police then started to use a Taser and bean bag rounds to gain control of the situation and take the man into custody. However, officers said these steps were ineffective. The man came toward officers with the large stick raised in preparation to strike at officers.

At this point, one officer, Red Bluff Police Corporal Stephen Harper, fired one round from his service pistol which struck the male in his upper body. Officers started life-saving measures until paramedics arrived and the man was put in an ambulance. He was pronounced deceased at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff.

The subject's identity is being withheld until next of kin are notified.

Corporal Stephen Harper, who shot the round that struck the man, has worked in law enforcement for 15 years and has been with the Red Bluff Police Department for three and a half years. He was placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.

No officers were physically harmed during the incident.

The Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation is handling the independent external investigation. The Red Bluff Police Department is also conducting an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

A witness is questioning if Red Bluff police could've handled the situation differently.

"Why couldn't you guys spend more time with it? Why were you guys so anxious to you know, when there were no threats?"

He goes on to say, "Whatever the case may be, it's not worth taking somebody's life."

The investigation is still in its early stages. 

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