Man in stable condition after being shot by officers in Red Bluff neighborhood

Chief Kyle Sanders says the two officers were not injured.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 5:26 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 7:51 PM

UPDATE: 7:02 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 - Red Bluff Police Chief Kyle Sanders says calls were reporting a white man was walking on Gilmore Road carrying what was being reported as an "automatic rifle." 

Three officers arrived on the scene and say the 36-year-old man was holding what they themselves described as a tactical style rifle.

According to Chief Sanders, the man went inside a home that was not his. Ultimately, Chief Sanders says the man walked out of the home and down the street, where he was confronted by two officers.

Chief Sanders says the officers gave the man directions to put the gun down and he did not comply and pointed the gun at the officers. This is when the Chief says both officers fired off several rounds at the man.

The man was struck by at least one round, according to Chief Sanders, and was ultimately flown to a regional hospital for treatment where he is in stable condition.

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Chief Sanders says the two officers were not injured.

The Chief says they now know the weapon was an air rifle designed to look like a realistic firearm.

He said in his more than two decades of law enforcement experience, he has never seen a more realistic looking gun.

"It was a very, very realistic looking gun," said Chief Sanders. "You couldn't tell by picking it up it wasn't a real gun."

The Chief said he was not aware if his department had had prior contact with the man, whose name is not yet being released.

The involved officers will be placed on administrative leave as is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.

The Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation. The Red Bluff Police Department is also conducting its own internal affairs investigation, as is standard protocol.


RED BLUFF, Calif. - Action News Now is working to get information on an officer-involved shooting in Red Bluff on Byron Avenue, off Gilmore Road.

Officials on scene say calls came in just after 3 p.m. to people reporting a man with an "automatic rifle type weapon" was walking down the middle of the street and into yards.

The Tehama County Sheriff's office has confirmed it is assisting Red Bluff Police with the incident.

Action News Now has a reporter on the scene and will update when more information is given.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated.

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