UPDATE: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting with Redding Police

Redding Police are reporting a fatal officer-involved shooting early Friday morning.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 7:55 AM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 3:17 PM

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. 

On Friday December 8th around 2 a.m. Redding Police officers were dispatched for a report of a domestic violence incident on Wilson Avenue in Redding.

A female victim reported that her live in boyfriend Vernchoy Saechao, 22 years old of Redding slapped her.

The officers met the victim in the parking lot of the fourplex apartment.

She reported that Saechao had been drinking alcohol throughout the evening and was stabbing the walls of the apartment with a knife.

While the domestic violence incident was taking place there was family members inside including three young children ages 3, 5, and 8 years old.

Two officers made entry into the residence as one officer remained outside the area of the front door. As the two officers were inside Apt #3 attempting to locate Saechao, they heard noises behind them coming from the area of a sliding door that lead to an enclosed porch near the front door. The officer from outside alerted the two officers inside Apt #3 that a subject believed to be Saechao was running away.

As Saechao fled, he fired multiple rounds at the officers who were near entry way of the apartment.
The officer who remained outside the apartment returned fire, firing multiple rounds subsequently striking Saechao as he was in the parking lot of the apartment.

Officers began CPR and lifesaving efforts on Saechao as Emergency Medical Personnel were requested to respond. Upon Emergency Medical Personnel’s arrival, additional lifesaving efforts were attempted, however Saechao died from his injuries on scene. None of the involved officers and no citizens were injured during the shooting.

The Shasta County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and assisting agencies responded to assist. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the officer involved shooting investigation. Officers with CHP MAIT team assisted with the crime scene investigation.

Detectives, Investigators and Crime Scene Personnel are still processing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses. During the initial crime scene investigation, a Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun was found next to Saechao. The magazine inside the Glock 22 was a high capacity magazine capable of holding 22 rounds. Two additional high capacity magazines capable of holding 15 rounds each were found with Saechao. Expended shell casings were found in the area of Saechao that were similar brand to the live rounds found in the Glock 22 handgun possessed by Saechao.

Redding Police are reporting a fatal officer-involved shooting early Friday morning.

The Redding Police Department says at around 2:03 a.m. Friday morning, officer responded to a reported domestic disturbance call in the 2600 block of Wilson Avenue.

While officers were at the location investigating the incident, a suspect armed with a handgun confronted one of the officers in front of the residence and shot at the officer. A Redding Police Officer returned fire and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. No other officers or citizens were injured by the gunfire.

Three Redding Police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is conducted. The criminal investigation is being led by the Shasta County Sheriff’s and they will be responsible for further release of information.

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