BREAKING NEWS Full U.S. Senate will vote on Judge Amy Coney's Supreme Court confirmation on Monday Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Dersch Fire is burning in Shasta County Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Extreme fire weather concerns for Northern California Sunday and Monday Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Point Fire is burning in Cottonwood on Gas Point Road Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Cal OES positions extra firefighting resources in Tehama and Colusa counties Full Story
SEVERE WX : Freeze Warning View Alerts

Chico Police Officers involved in OIS identified

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey identified the two Chico Police Officers involved in the officer-involved shooting last night near Petco.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 8:41 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 2:05 PM

UPDATE: 5:06 p.m., Oct. 15, 2020 - Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey identified the two Chico Police Officers involved in the officer-involved shooting last night near Petco.

The officers are Sgt. Nick Bauer, a 14 year veteran with the Chico Police Department, and Officer Tyler Johnson, who has been with law enforcement for 11 1/2 years, with his last year with the Chico Police Department.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the officers fire on the suspect Steven Vest, 30, after he charged them with a knife and Vest did not respond to a taser.

---

UPDATE: 3:22 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 - The man shot and killed by Chico Police officers is identified as Steven Vest, 30.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey released new details this afternoon.

The incident started at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 20th Street Park in South Chico. Police responded to a man attempting to attack people with a knife.

Ramsey says, according to the investigation, Vest then went to the Petco on Martin Luther King Expressway and witnesses say he was jumping on cars. That's when Ramsey says Vest then chased a truck driver delivering a load at Petco and a Petco employee into the store.

When police arrived Vest, according to police, advanced on them outside the store with a knife. When Vest did not respond to a taser, Ramsey says two officers fired their weapons. Vest was shot several times.

Vest has a history of drug use and was on probation for previously assaulting police officers.

Anyone who had contact with Vest at the park or at the 20th Street intersection involved and has not talked to police is asked to contact Chico Police investigators or the Butte County District Attorney's Office.

---

UPDATE: 11:01 p.m., Oct. 14, 2020 - Chico Police Chief Matt Madden says the man was killed on the scene and the officers involved are now on administrative leave.

In a late-night press release, Chief Matt Madden says the calls first came in around 7:30 p.m. when locals at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park reported a man showing a knife and threatening parkgoers.

When officers arrived on scene, they began looking for the suspect described as a white man in his 30s. As officers searched the area, Madden says dispatch began to receive more calls that the suspect was now near the E. 20th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway intersection.

Citizens told dispatch the man had begun to damage their vehicles with the knife. Chief Madden says the suspect was then found at Petco, "actively causing a disturbance."

"At some point after the officer's arrival, gunshots were fired by two Chico Police Officers," Madden said in a press release.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene after Madden says life-saving efforts were attempted.

The officers involved in the shooting were not injured.

Chief Madden says he has invoked the Butte County Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol Team to take over the investigation.

The team is led by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and will lead an independent investigation into the facts of the case.

Chief Madden says his department is cooperating with the investigation and the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

---

Editor's Note: This story originally stated the suspect was shot inside the Petco store, as was advised by officials minutes after the shooting. Since then we have learned the shooting happened outside the store and the story has been modified to express that change.

CHICO, Calif. - Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chico.

Officials say the suspect was shot just outside the Petco pet supply store on Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Parkway.

There is no word on the condition of the suspect. Witnesses on the scene say six to eight shots were fired.

Action News Now has a reporter on the south Chico scene and will update when the information has been given.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 903684

Reported Deaths: 17343
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2989376989
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino623531072
Orange583261444
San Diego54314868
Kern33775416
Fresno30590436
Sacramento25264484
Santa Clara24014388
Alameda23215460
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18523241
Stanislaus17572396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14192164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12069140
Monterey1132189
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9760120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9163134
Kings821883
Solano728674
Marin7057128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer408857
Yolo316658
Butte305952
Santa Cruz277125
Napa194215
Shasta184630
Sutter183712
San Benito143615
El Dorado13154
Yuba129310
Mendocino112421
Tehama8628
Lassen7661
Lake68915
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32416
Tuolumne2684
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Del Norte1781
Mono1782
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 64°
Oroville
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 66°
Paradise
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 64°
Chester
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 28°
Red Bluff
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 64°
Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events