On Wednesday February 7th around 12:45 p.m. an employee from Buckeye School on Hiatt Drive in Redding called the Redding Police Department to report a suspicious male on campus hiding behind a dumpster carrying a baseball bat.
When officials arrived on Hiatt Drive they located Levi Strauss Nicholson (Grigalba) 38 years old of Redding in the road near the school.
Once he saw police he fled into a back yard of a home across from the school.
Two officers located Nicholson and he became aggressive towards the officers holding the bat above his head.
He was agitated, refused to cooperate with the police, and started to advance the officers.
Two officers in fear of their safety fired their handguns at Nicholson hitting him multiple times.
Once on the ground Nicholson was still not cooperating with police, so an RPD K-9 was deployed and he was put in handcuffs without incident.
Officers immediately rendered first aid to Nicholson while emergency personnel responded.
Nicholson was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for his injuries and he is expected to survive from his injuries.
The Shasta County Multiagency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and allied agencies responded to assist. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation. Officers with CHP MAIT team assisted with the crime scene investigation.
During the incident, staff at Buckeye School went into a lockdown for precautions. No children, or Buckeye School staff members were injured during the shooting. The rounds fired by the officers were towards the north, away from the school. Additionally, no residents were injured during the incident.
Nicholson is in law enforcement custody at the hospital. Charges will be filed against Nicholson by the Sheriff’s Office for 245(c) PC: Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer and 417(a) (1) PC: Brandishing a Deadly Weapon. Nicholson will be booked into the Shasta County Jail once he is released from the hospital.
During the investigation, investigators and detectives discovered Nicholson was a suspect in two prior disturbance calls earlier in the morning. At approximately 0815 hours, Nicholson was reported as stealing an energy drink from the Power Mart located at the intersection of Oasis Road and Lake Blvd. The Power Mart is located just south of Hiatt Road. At approximately 1100 hours, Nicholson was reported as a suspect of a theft of an additional energy drink from Lake Liquor, also located south of Hiatt Road. During the Lake Liquor incident, Nicholson broke out a vehicles window belonging to an employee at Lake Liquor. Nicholson used a baseball bat to break out that window. Additional charges will be filed against Nicholson for these two incidents.
Several citizens who were eye witnesses to the shooting, have confirmed the reports about Nicholson’s erratic, aggressive and uncooperative behavior up to and during the shooting.
The eyewitness have also provided detailed information about the officer’s action prior to, during and after the shooting.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to follow up with witnesses for statements and to obtain any available photographic and video evidence of the shooting.
If anybody has information about this investigation they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135