Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.


November 19, 2015
Oroville, Ca—At 4:47am Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man threatening to jump off the green walking bridge on Table Mountain Blvd. in Oroville. Out of concern that the man was about to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge, BCSO deputies responded to the scene. Upon arrival, deputies found the man standing on the outside railing of the bridge. The man appeared agitated and upset. Deputies were able to identify the man; however, his identification will be withheld to protect his privacy. The man admitted he was upset that he had recently been arrested.
In an effort to facilitate negotiations and not escalate the situation, roads surrounding the area were closed to traffic. Deputies trained in Crisis Intervention spoke with the man for several hours and talked him through periods of agitation, where it appeared as though he was going to jump. Deputies were ultimately able to get the man calmed down, and he moved from a narrow outcropping to a wider spot on the bridge where he was able to sit down and was in less physical danger of falling; however, rescue personnel were not able to reach him.
As the event wore on, the man began to tell deputies that he didn’t want to jump, but that he wanted to be left alone. Deputies made repeated attempts to get the man to come out, with a promise of taking him to the hospital for an evaluation, but the man refused to come out. In addition to deputies trained in Crisis Intervention, a Sheriff’s Chaplain and two Mental Health Clinicians from Butte County Behavioral Health assisted in this process.
After a discussion regarding various options between Law Enforcement personnel and Mental Health Clinicians on scene, it was determined that the appropriate action was to pull all Law Enforcement and Emergency Service personnel back and open the roadway. The primary reasons for this decision were:
• The situation had been de-escalated.
• The man was adamant he didn’t want to jump, and the fact that he hadn’t jumped after several hours supported that assertion.
• There was a concern that if law enforcement and emergency services personnel remained on scene, the situation would escalate.
• There was no threat to public safety, and no reason to jeopardize the man’s safety or the safety of law enforcement or emergency services personnel near the bridge.
Prior to leaving, the man was provided with information on how to obtain services through Butte County Behavioral Health. BCSO recognizes the public was inconvenienced by the road closure and thanks everyone for their patience. BCSO would also like to thank Oroville Police Department, Oroville Fire and Cal Fire for their assistance in dealing with this matter.
For more information, please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949
Thursday, November 19, 2015 /Number of views (1745) /Categories: Press Release

Homicide Victim Located in Oroville

November 16, 2015

Oroville, Ca--On 11-14-2015 at approximately 1530 hours, The Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen stating they had located a deceased person near the 600 block of Dunstone Drive in Oroville, Ca. Deputies responded to the area and located a deceased female that appeared to be a victim of a homicide. The female victim is described as a white female, 5’5” to 5’8” tall, 160-200 pounds, with brown hair. The victim appeared to have been deceased for several days from the time of discovery.
If someone you know is missing and might match this description please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. This is an ongoing investigation and certain details are not immediately available to be released. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7671.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Public Information Officer Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Monday, November 16, 2015 /Number of views (39) /Categories: Press Release

Bomb Squad Call Out in Gridley

DATE: November 13, 2015
RELEASED BY: Lieutenant Derek Bell
CONTACT#: Media Liaison - Miranda Bowersox (530) 538-5384
RE: Bomb Squad Callout in Gridley

On November 13, 2015 at approximately 1:30 p.m., personnel from the Manzanita Elementary School in Gridley contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s Office to report a suspicious object that had been located. School personnel reported that a parent had come into the school office advising that he had found the suspicious object in the roadway at the intersection of East Evans Reimer Rd. and Larkin Rd. After a Sheriff’s Deputy responded and located the item, it was determined that it had a cylindrical shape and it had characteristics similar to that of a possible improvised explosive device. The Butte Inter-Agency Bomb Squad responded, moved the item to a remote, safe location and conducted “render-safe” procedures. It was later determined that there were no explosive materials contained in the item.

Due to the fact this item was first discovered shortly after the school had adjourned for the day in accordance with their normal schedule, many of the students had either already been picked up by parents, or were picked up shortly thereafter. Manzanita School personnel acted quickly with their safety protocols and ensured that any students and school personnel who were still at the school were moved to a safer location on the campus out of an abundance of caution for everyone present. School personnel were all that remained when Bomb Squad personnel conducted their “render-safe” procedures. Further investigation determined that school personnel had not encountered any suspicious circumstances or received any suspicious statements or threats from anyone that would lead to believe that this was a planned incident.

The Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad would like to thank the Gridley Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire for their assistance in this incident. The Bomb Squad would also like to express to the public that if they locate any items they believe may possibly be explosive or hazardous type materials of any kind, they are urged to stay away from the items and contact local law enforcement or the fire department immediately.

Monday, November 16, 2015 /Number of views (29) /Categories: Press Release


Gridley CA- This morning at approximately 0200 hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to shots fired in the area of Johnson Clan Ave and Larkin Rd in Gridley.  Upon arrival Deputies determined the residence at 492 Johnson Clan Ave had been hit with one round.  Two subjects were inside the residence during the shooting and no one was injured.  Deputies found three shell casings on scene and determined six to eight rounds were fired.  The suspect vehicle was described as an SUV, dark in color.  No other suspect information was provided, anyone with any information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (530) 538-7321. 



Released by:  Sgt. Brad Meyer

Contact:  Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

33 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA  95965

530-538-5384, 530-990-6949

Thursday, November 12, 2015 /Number of views (53) /Categories: Press Release

Arrest in shooting case

 On 08/29/15 at approximately 0215 hours, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man firing a rifle near the Foothill Lounge, located in Oroville CA.  The reporting party was a passerby in the area.  The reporting party indicated that there was a large group of people located outside of the bar at the time of the shooting.  Deputies responded to the location and were unable to locate the shooter, or the group of witnesses.  Deputies recovered items of evidence connected to the shooting prior to leaving the scene. 

On 10/29/15, one of the above witnesses contacted the Sheriff’s Office and provided investigators with additional information regarding the shooter and the incident.  The witness identified the shooter as Michael Troy McDonald Jr of Oroville CA. 

Detectives from the Sheriff’s office conducted follow up interviews with additional witnesses.  Detectives discovered that McDonald left the Foothill Lounge after getting into a physical altercation.  Witnesses stated McDonald left the business and armed himself with the rifle in question, which he used to fire near the business.  Witnesses were unsure of the make or model of the rifle, but commented on its resemblance to rifles used by Law Enforcement and Military personnel.

On 11/04/15, Sheriff’s Detectives served search warrants on three separate locations related to McDonald and found numerous assault rifles, most of which were illegal in the State of California.  McDonald was questioned and he denied any involvement in the shooting.

McDonald was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on one count of negligent discharge of a weapon (246.3 PC, a felony) and four counts of possessing an illegal assault rifle (30605(a) PC, a felony).  If anyone has additional information regarding the shooting they are asked to contact Detective James Beller at (530) 538-6458. 


Monday, November 09, 2015 /Number of views (49) /Categories: Press Release
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