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1 dead after officer involved shooting in Redding, identified

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the driver killed in an officer-involved shooting in Redding on Dec. 22.

Posted: Dec 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 9:38 AM

UPDATE 9:34 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 - Authorities have identified the driver killed in an officer-involved shooting in Redding on Dec. 22.

The Shasta County Coroners Office said 34-year-old Jesse Donnelly Adams, of Marysville, died at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

The case remains under investigation by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit.


UPDATE 6:28 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 - Action News Now is learning more details about the officer-involved shooting that left the suspect dead and a civilian ride-along injured.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says around 3:20 a.m. on Dec. 22, a Redding police officer was on patrol and initiated a traffic stop for a car that was swerving across multiple lanes in the area of South Market Street and Parkview Avenue.

After pulling into a parking lot on Pine Street, officials say the officer walked up to the vehicle and met the driver, along with two other people in the car.

Officials say the driver appeared to be under the influence and was acting suspiciously. The car, they say, was associated with a man who was wanted for felony theft and pending robbery charges out of Washington state.

Due to circumstances, officials say two more Redding officers were requested, both with a civilian ride-along in their patrol cars.

When officers approached the car again, officials say the driver refused to exit. This is when he rolled up the window, put the car into reverse and accelerated, hitting a terraced embankment in the parking lot.

Officials say this is when the driver sideswiped one patrol car before accelerating toward the second with the ride-along but missed. He then went toward the third patrol car and the officer standing near it had to quickly move out of the way.

This is when officials say the suspect rammed head-on with the third patrol car, causing the suspect's airbags to deploy.

During this, officials say a Redding officer fired his weapon, striking the driver, immediately stopping the violent actions.

Officers on scene rendered medical aid and called for additional medical personnel. The driver was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Shasta County Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation with help from the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and Redding Police Departments Investigations Division.

Officials say a civilian ride-along, as well as one passenger from the suspect vehicle, were both treated for injuries resulting from when the driver rammed the patrol car.

The identity of the driver has not yet been released pending notification of the next of kin, though he will undergo an autopsy later this week.

With the investigation ongoing and active, no further information is being released.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or


REDDING, Calif. - Officers with the Redding Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Pine Street, just north of Cypress Avenue in Redding, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Officials said during the traffic stop, circumstances led to one officer discharging his firearm, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to the hospital and was pronounced deceased.

The Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Team was notified and responded, officers, said.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has been designated as the lead investigating agency and will release additional information as it becomes available.

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