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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES DE-ESCALATE A VOLATILE SITUATION USING LESS THAN LETHAL FORCE AND SAVE THE LIFE OF A SUICIDAL SUBJECT

Tuesday, October 04, 2016/Categories: Press Release

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Oroville, Ca—At approximately 7:30 p.m. on October 2, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a family disturbance in the 5000 block of Fall River Court in Oroville. The reporting party had called 9-1-1 reporting his step son was causing problems and threatening to kill family members. The reporting party also reported the subject was armed with a knife, a bat, and a machete.

Deputies arrived and contacted the subject who was intoxicated, highly agitated and suicidal. For almost two hours, deputies worked to de-escalate the situation by talking to the subject in an effort to convince him to put down his weapons and allow them to take him to the hospital. During that period, the subject stated multiple times that he wanted deputies to kill him. The subject would not comply with the deputies and approached the deputies in a threatening manner multiple times, while holding a bat and a knife. Deputies were able to take cover near a patrol car in front of the residence while the subject continued to brandish the knife and bat at them in a threatening manner. At one point, deputies fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds at the subject in an effort to disarm him and take him into custody. The rounds appeared to strike the subject but had little effect, except for causing the subject to become further agitated.

The subject continued to approach deputies with the knife and bat, yelling for them to kill him. Deputies were able to get the subject to put down the bat in his driveway. As the subject continued to approach deputies in a threatening manner with the knife, deputies again fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds, hitting the subject in the stomach area. The rounds again had no effect on the subject, and at that point he turned and ran towards the empty garage. Deputies chased after the subject and were able to subdue and arrest him inside the garage, prior to him making it inside the residence.

The subject was treated at Oroville Medical Center for his injuries, and later booked into Butte County Jail for 417(a)(1) PC, brandishing a weapon other than a firearm, and 69 PC, resisting an executive officer. The subject’s bail was set at $250,000. After being booked into the Butte County Jail, the subject was seen by jail medical staff and was monitored while he sobered. The subject evaluated by the jail’s psychiatric staff on 10-3-2016. (The name of the subject is being withheld to protect his healthcare privacy.)

Sheriff Kory Honea said, “this was a tense, uncertain and dangerous situation. Fortunately, in this case the deputies were able to use their training and equipment to take the subject into custody without having to resort to the use of lethal force. I am thankful and proud of their efforts. Unfortunately, however, law enforcement officers are required to deal with situations of this nature on a regular basis, and although these situations are often resolved without lasting harm, that outcome cannot be guaranteed. With the recent focus on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers, this incident demonstrates that lethal encounters are the exception and not the norm and that the vast majority of law enforcement officers view lethal force as an option of last resort.”



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Miranda Bowersox
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530)538-5384, (530)990-6949

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