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Police Chief: Murder suspect & his girlfriend arrested following Corning standoff

The Red Bluff Police Chief says the man and his girlfriend has both been booked into the Tehama County Jail.

Posted: Dec 11, 2020 9:07 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2020 9:17 AM

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 - The Red Bluff Police Chief says Acevedo has been booked into the Tehama County Jail for a murder arrest warrant. His girlfriend has been also arrested as an accessory to murder.

Police Chief Kyle Sanders says around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, officers learned of a possible location of Acevedo on the 1200 block of East Street.

Action News Now is on scene where a stand-off is taking place in a Corning neighborhood. (12/11/2020).

Around 7:00 a.m., Acevedo tried to escape after hiding in a shed. That is when Sanders says an officer fired two rounds and struck the murder suspect in the arm. A K-9 was also deployed and bit Acevedo.

According to the chief, Acevedo escaped and went back into the shed where he barricaded himself with his girlfriend, Diana Munoz.

For hours negotiations went on with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office to try and get the two out of the shed. Eventually, Chief Sanders says the two surrendered.

Acevedo was taken to Chico's Enloe Hospital for the gunshot wound and dog bite before being booked into the Tehama County Jail for a murder arrest warrant.

Munoz, Acevedo's girlfriend, was arrested as an accessory to murder and was also booked into the county jail.

The Red Bluff officer who shot Acevedo has been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol after an officer-involved shooting.

The Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation is handling an investigation of the officer's actions, Chief Sanders said.

The Red Bluff Police Department is also doing its own investigation as is protocol, according to the chief.

Both the Corning and Red Bluff Police Department, CHP, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Corning Fire Department, St. Elizabeth Hospital first responders and public works were all on scene. As well as Tehama County's sheriff's office, probation department and district attorney's office.

This is an ongoing investigation and Chief Sanders says no more information will be released.


CORNING, Calif. (Update 2:40 p.m.) – The Red Bluff Police Department said the standoff between police and a murder suspect has ended. The suspect surrendered and is now in custody.

Corning Police said all shelter-in-place orders and precautionary lockdowns have been lifted.

This is a breaking news update. Action News Now is working to learn more.

The suspect, Elfego Chavez Acevedo, wanted for murder after a shooting at the FoodMaxx in Red Bluff is barricaded in a shed, according to Ed Curiel with the Corning Police Department.

RELATED: Armed and dangerous man wanted for murder on the loose, Red Bluff police say

Phil Johnston, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff, told Action News Now around 6 a.m. Friday Corning PD received information that Elfego Acevedo was sleeping in a shed. Shortly after confirming he was there, Corning Police Officers called out for Acevedo to exit the shed.

Upon Acevedo's exit, Johnston said there was an officer-involved shooting, and Acevedo was injured then went back into the shed.

Officers are currently negotiating and attempting to get Acevedo to surrender peacefully. No officers were injured during the shooting. Medical teams are standing by - Johnston said they do not know how serious Acevedo's injury is. However, it is not immediately life-threatening.

Action News Now learned there was one officer involved in the shooting and he is not on scene anymore.

Johnston said there is also a woman inside the shed with Acevedo. "That is of some major concern to us as we go forward in this investigation and try to get this resolved." The relationship between the two is unknown at this time. However, Johnston said they believe the woman is staying in the shed by choice at this time.

The Corning Police Department is asking residents to avoid several streets due to this incident.

Police, in a Facebook post, say to avoid the areas of Walnut, East, Chestnut, Hickory, Peach, and 1st Streets along with surrounding areas.

Maywood DaVinci Academy and Olive View Elementary have also been placed on a precautionary lockdown.


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