REDDING, Calif. - In the last five months, there has been four officer-involved shootings in Redding. All four have been deadly and three of them were women.
The first one happened in early December, in front of MOD Pizza at Discovery Village. The next on Christmas Eve, the third in February on Cypress Bridge, and the most recent just this past Tuesday at Grandview Avenue and Court Street. Some people wonder if deadly force was necessary for those instances.
“I do believe there are probably more incidents than we should have when it comes to officers using lethal force,” said Glenn Jones of Redding. “I believe they should be retrained to use non-lethal.”
Lt. Levi Solada has been with the Redding Police Department for several years and said he hasn't seen an unjustified shooting during his time with the department.
“Our officers have the utmost respect for members of this community,” said Lt. Solada. “The public's safety is our priority, our officer's safety is our priority, and even the people we come into contact with, their safety is our priority.”
The Redding Police Department said the two officer-involved shootings in December and the one on Cypress Bridge are still under investigation. Those cases have not yet been sent to the district attorney's office.
The Shasta County District Attorney said she believes the officers didn’t do anything wrong.
“Unfortunately there has been an increase in the use of force shootings,” said Stephanie Bridgett, the Shasta County District Attorney. “I don’t attribute that, from what I've seen, to any of negative or poor behavior by our officers. What I've seen not only locally, but also statewide and nationwide is the increase of violence on our streets.”
The Shasta County District Attorney's Office said under District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett’s watch there hasn’t been an officer-involved shooting ruled unjustified.