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Friday, August 07, 2020/Categories: Press Release

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August 7, 2020
Berry Creek, CA – On August 6, 2020, at 2:01 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 911 call from an individual who reported a dispute on Spence Way, Berry Creek. During the 911 call the individual reported a male, later identified as Scott Halliburton of Berry Creek, 40, had been shot. Deputies and detectives arrived and located Halliburton near the driveway of a residence. Deputies immediately began applying first aid to Halliburton. Deputies eventually determined Halliburton was deceased.
While deputies were providing first aid to Halliburton, deputies and detectives began interviewing witnesses. Witnesses identified the individual who shot Halliburton as Matthew Pia of Berry Creek, 51. One witness told detectives Pia returned to his neighboring property on Spence Way after the shooting and committed suicide. Deputies and detectives immediately responded to the property to check on Pia. Deputies and detectives located Pia on the property. Deputies and detectives determined Pia was deceased as a result of a gunshot wound.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Halliburton and Pia’s properties, which are both located on Spence Way. After obtaining the search warrant, detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, Designated Area Deputies, and the California Department of Justice processed the crime scenes and searched the properties. During the search numerous evidence items were located to include video surveillance, large quantities of marijuana, firearms, and a butane honey oil manufacturing lab.
Based on video surveillance and witness statements, detectives determined Halliburton and Pia were involved in a dispute over a property line. The dispute escalated and Halliburton and Pia both shot at each other. Halliburton died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during the shooting. Pia returned to his property, where he died as the result of a gunshot wound. This investigation is ongoing. Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detectives Tristan Harper or Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.

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