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Shasta County Sheriff's Office Identifies Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting off I-5

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in an officer-involved shooting that closed a portion of I-5 Thursday morning.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 6:26 AM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2018 5:26 PM

UPDATE 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in a fatal officer-involved shooting off of I-5 Thursday morning as Benjamin David Larson, 42, of Redding. 

The pursuit began around 5:26 a.m. Thursday morning when a Redding Police Officer saw the suspect driving what they believed to be a stolen vehicle. After attempting to make a traffic stop, the suspect sped away from the officer southbound on I-5 and stopped in the area of southbound I-5 and Knighton Road. A female occupant exited the vehicle and laid on the ground as it sped off. 

Larson then exited in Cottonwood at the Gas Point Road exit and traveled east on the overpass of I-5 and continued northbound on I-5 toward Anderson. 

Deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office were called to assist with the chase.

Two Redding Police Officers were behind the vehicle when it abruptly stopped on the shoulder of I-5 just south of the Knighton Road exit. 

Larson exited the vehicle and began firing a handgun at officers. Officers returned fire at Larson who got back in the vehicle. Officers then utilized an armored rescue vehicle to approach the suspect inside the vehicle who was not responding to officer's commands to get out of the vehicle. 

The officers fired bean bag rounds and a Redding Police Canine to remove Larson. Medical personnel were on scene and pronounced him deceased. 

The female suspect was located shortly after and was transported to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office where she was later identified as Larson's girlfriend. 

Larson has been wanted since November of 2018. He had outstanding warrants charging him with violation of parole and vehicle theft. The incident stemmed from the June 6 theft of a van containing 14 show dogs in Redding. 

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UPDATE 8:44 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - According to Cal Trans, one lane is now open Northbound on I-5 at Riverside Drive. The second lane remains closed a half a mile south of Knighton Road for a police investigation. 

Cal Trans is warning motorists to expect delays in the area. A passenger fled the scene and officials are searching for them as a witness.

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UPDATE 6:54 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - A pursuit that caused the closure of Interstate 5 near Knighton Road is over after an officer-involved shooting left one suspect dead, but northbound lanes of the highway are still closed.

Redding police say they found a stolen vehicle on southbound Interstate 5 near Bonnyview Road, but when the driver failed to stop a chase began.

The pursuit ended on I-5 south of Knighton road where an officer-involved shooting took place.

No officers were hurt and there are no outstanding suspects, according to Redding police.

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SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Police activity has caused the closure of northbound Interstate 5 near Knighton Road in Shasta County Thursday morning.

According to SHASCOM, authorities got a call just after 5:50 a.m. about Redding police giving chase to a suspect.

Traffic is being diverted to Riverside Drive as of 6:20 a.m.


This is a developing story check with updates, a reporter is on the way to the scene. 

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