Butte County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe 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.





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Tuesday, November 15, 2022/Categories: Press Release

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November 15, 2022


On July 8, 2022, at approximately 8:09 P.M. the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began receiving multiple phone calls about shots being fired in the area of Esperanza Avenue, Palermo. BCSO deputies immediately responded to the area. Upon arrival, deputies located two individuals who had been shot.

Detectives, deputies, and medical personnel moved the individuals who had been shot to a safe location and immediately began providing medical treatment. Detectives determined multiple individuals fled the area on foot and in vehicles.

During the investigation, detectives determined a male who resides in the 1900 block of Esperanza Avenue, made arrangements to sell multiple pounds of marijuana at his residence on the evening of July 8. A group of several males showed up at the residence to purchase the marijuana. Detectives determined at least two members of the group purchasing the marijuana reside on the East Coast. Both groups were armed with firearms. Shortly after 8:00 P.M. multiple shots were fired.

During the shooting, the homeowner was grazed by a bullet. The homeowner was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and later released. A male who detectives identified as Russhane Reynolds, age 31, was associated with the group purchasing the marijuana.

Russhane was transported to a local hospital. Despite the life-savings efforts provided by deputies, EMS, and medical personnel, Russhane died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The homeowner’s residence, two vehicles, and a motorhome were struck by bullets during the shooting. Over the past four months detectives conducted an extensive investigation. During the investigation, detectives located evidence that gave them cause to believe Juan Rodriguez-Gil, age 29, of Gridley murdered Russhane. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rodriguez-Gil. Detectives located evidence Rodriguez-Gil fled to Mexico after the shooting.

On November 7, 2022, U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents arrested Rodriguez-Gil after he attempted to re-enter California. Detectives responded to the Mexico/California border and transported Rodriguez-Gil to Butte County. Rodriguez-Gil was subsequently booked into the Butte County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact detectives at 530-538-7671.

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