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Authorities identify woman killed in officer-involved shooting in Redding

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said 62-year-old Dolores Hernandez, of Marysville, has been identified as the suspect who was shot and killed by officers on Wednesday night.

Posted: Dec 2, 2020 8:57 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2020 12:10 PM

UPDATE: 8:56 a.m., Dec. 4, 2020 - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said 62-year-old Dolores Hernandez, of Marysville, has been identified as the suspect who was shot and killed by officers on Wednesday night.

Officials say the woman was initially causing a disturbance in Mod Pizza, before being told to leave and going outside where she continued to yell and cause a disturbance in the parking lot.


Courtesy: Redding Police Department, taken 12/02/2020

The shopping center security guard tried to intervene but, officials say the woman refused to leave. That is when the Redding Police Department was called out.

As the two officers tried to talk to the woman, who was in her car, they say she began to back out of the parking space. She stopped, put the car in drive and turned her wheels toward the officers, nearly striking one of them.

One officer began hitting the woman's window with his baton. This is when officials say she put her vehicle in reverse, turned the tires and accelerated backward, hitting one officer and pinning him under her tire.

"If the vehicle accelerated forward, this movement would have put the officer in more danger potentially causing him to be run over by the rear tires," officials said.

The other officer deflated the rear tire in an attempt to disable the woman's car. As the first officer was still pinned under the car's tire, officials say the other officer fired his gun multiple times at the woman, killing her.

The officer struck by the car is expected to make a full recovery and has been discharged from the hospital.

At this time, the two officers involved are not being identified, according to the sheriff's office.

The Shasta County Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was initiated and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is the lead investigating agency.

Anyone with information who may help the investigation is urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or by email at MCU@co.shasta.ca.us.

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REDDING, Calif. - One woman is dead and an officer is in the hospital following an officer-involved shooting in Redding's Discovery Village shopping center on Dana Drive. That is according to Redding Police Sergeant Chris Smyrnos.

Sergeant Smyrnos says just before 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, officers were called out to a disturbance involving a woman at Mod Pizza.

Officers responded to the scene and for a reason not disclosed by Sergeant Smyrnos, one officer fired shots at the woman.

Witnesses however did tell Action News Now the woman was driving a car and ran over one officer and that is when another pulled out their gun and started shooting at the woman. They say they heard about five to six shots that were fired by the officer.

One injured officer is in the hospital and expected to make a full recovery, according to the sergeant.

Officials say they will be on the scene for several hours interviewing witnesses and processing the scene. Because of the time of day and area of the shooting, the sergeant says the area was busy.

It is unknown if the officers have had previous contact with the woman. The sergeant did say she was the only suspect involved.

There is no word yet on who the woman was. 

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is now leading this investigation.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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