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RPD: Domestic violence escalated to double homicide attempt

Police describe the incident as a domestic disturbance that escalated into a shooting.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 11:30 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2021 2:36 PM

Updated 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 - Redding Police Department investigators have released more information about the Friday night double homicide attempt.

Police describe the incident as a domestic disturbance that escalated into a shooting.

36-year-old Benjamin Pouvi Fata was arrested for shooting his girlfriend and a neighbor with an assault rifle, according to the Redding Police Department's investigators. They said two small children were inside of the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Police said after the shooting occurred Pouvi Fata retreated back into his apartment and lit it on fire. Officers said they were able to obtain Fata after a brief struggle.

The two people who were shot were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, and according to police, they are still receiving medical treatment.

The identities of the victims are not being released at this time. Anyone who has information pertaining to the shooting is asked to call Investigator Rusty Bishop of the Investigations Division at (530) 225-4200.

Charges against Fata include attempted murder, assault with a firearm, domestic violence assault, child endangerment, criminal threats, burglary, arson, and resisting/obstructing arrest.

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REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department says a man and a woman have been shot and a suspect has been arrested after officers responded to Hartnell Avenue on Jan. 15.

Lieutenant Pete Brindley says when they arrived at the apartment complex around 9 p.m., they found the two victims; both with a single gunshot wound.

As officials were responding to those victims, Brindley says they found that one apartment was on fire and they believed the suspect was inside.

Eventually, police and fire crews reached the door and got the man to come out and took him into custody without further incident.

At this point, there is no word on what started the fire. Brindley says they will work with the arson investigation unit to see if accelerants were used.

Brindley told Action News Now they do know two separate apartments were involved but they do not know how they are connected.

Several weapons were recovered from one apartment but Officer Brindley says they are not sure what specific weapon was used.

The two victims were taken to the hospital, there is no word on their condition.

Officials say there is no motive for the shooting at this time and they are interviewing witnesses.

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