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Red Bluff police investigating stabbing and crash

Red Bluff Police are investigating after they say a man stabbed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself by driving into a power pole.

Posted: Aug 21, 2020 8:04 AM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 10:26 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Red Bluff police are now investigating an attempted murder-suicide after they say a man stabbed his girlfriend, then left the residence, crashed into a power pole that knocked power out to over 7,000 PG&E customers.

Red Bluff police responded to a reported stabbing in the 1100 block of Franzel Rd around 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Police say a 50-year-old man stabbed his 51-year-old girlfriend before driving off in his 4Runner SUV. The victim was seriously wounded and remains in critical condition.

Investigators say after the stabbing, the man tried to commit suicide by driving his SUV into a utility pole at the corner of South Jackson St. and Vista Way. The crash knocked over that power pole, knocking out power for nearly 7,800 PG&E customers and sparking a small fire.

People on the scene pulled the suspect from the burning SUV, he was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition. The woman was flown to a trauma center is also in critical condition, according to officers. 

Red Bluff Fire Department was able to put out that fire and PG&E crews were able to restore power to most customers. 

The investigation is still ongoing and Red Bluff Police say they have not yet arrested a suspect.

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