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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE & PARADISE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPOND TO DISTURBANCE INVOLVING MAN WITH GUN

Sunday, July 16, 2017/Categories: Press Release

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July 16, 2017

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE & PARADISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
RESPOND TO DISTURBANCE INVOLVING MAN WITH A GUN

Paradise, CA—On July 15, 2017 at approximately 3:30 PM, officers from the Paradise Police Department (PPD) responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Wagstaff Rd. to investigate a disturbance and a report of a gunshot being fired. Upon arrival, PPD officers encountered a male subject identified as Basilio “Tony” Bagorio, age 39, who exited the residence holding a rifle. PPD immediately requested assistance from Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).
BCSO deputies responded to the scene and assisted PPD throughout the nearly three-hour standoff with Bagorio, who continued to pace around the property with the rifle. During that standoff, specially trained crisis-intervention-response deputies and officers talked with Bagorio in an effort to persuade him to put the rifle down and surrender. An armored vehicle was brought to the scene to provide cover to the deputies during the negotiation. During the negotiations, Bagorio demanded deputies shoot him and pointed the rifle in the direction of the deputies multiple times. At one point in an effort to safely subdue Bagorio, a BCSO deputy fired a less than lethal bean bag shotgun and struck Bagorio five times. The bean bag rounds had little to no effect on Bagorio, as he continued to demand the deputies shoot him, in an apparent effort to commit “suicide by cop.” Bagorio also fired at least one round from the rifle in an effort to provoke a lethal response from the law enforcement officers on scene.
Shortly after being hit with the bean bag rounds Bagorio pointed the rifle at BCSO Deputy Ian Dickerson, who was positioned on the perimeter of the scene and did not have the benefit of cover from the armored vehicle. Concerned Bagorio was going to shoot him, Deputy Dickerson fired a single round in the direction of the Bagorio. Bagorio was not struck and no one was injured due to that round being fired. Shortly after that deputies were able to convince Bagorio to put the rifle down, which gave them the opportunity to move in and safely take him into custody. Bagorio was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for medical clearance and then later booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of 245(d)(1) PC – Assault with a firearm on a peace officer and 246.3 PC – Intentional discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
An investigation into this incident is being conducted by Butte County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Paradise Police Department.

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530.871.9440

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