TCDA Matt Rogers announces the findings and conclusions of the investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting of Alex Vasquez by Officers of the Red Bluff Police Department.https://t.co/DEKLAALrto
— Tehama County District Attorney (@TehamaCountyDA) March 9, 2021
RED BLUFF, Calif. – The Tehama County District Attorney, Matthew Rogers, announced an officer-involved shooting in Red Bluff was justified.
The officer-involved shooting happened on Feb. 19, 2020, at the Meadow Vista apartments.
Officers said on Feb. 19, they received a call about a fight and when they arrived at the apartments a man named Alex Francisco Vazquez, 38, began firing at officers. In response, one of the officers fired back and struck Vazquez.
Vazquez refused to comply, holding onto the gun and shooting at officers who tried to get close to him again, according to the DA. Investigators said two of them shot back at Vazquez, who then, stopped shooting back.
Vazquez later died at St. Elizabeth’s hospital due to his injuries.
District Attorney Rogers said through investigation, they learned Vazquez had originally gone to the apartments to “dissuade and intimate” a witness from testifying against an associate of his.
Investigators said Vazquez was wanted by the FBI for drug sales. He was also considered armed and dangerous and connected to gang activity.
Rogers said the toxicology report on Vazquez revealed Methamphetamine and Amphetamine in his system at the time of his death.