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.

BCSO Sergeant Involved in Minor Car Accident

Chico, CA- On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Sergeant Sam Burnett was on patrol in the area of East 16th Street and Park Avenue in Chico. Sgt. Burnett was feeling ill and returning to the BCSO Chico substation when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with an unoccupied parked car, a dumpster, and a fence at a property on Park Avenue.
Sgt. Burnett was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. No one else was involved in the accident. The case is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol. BCSO staff will be reaching out to the owners of the property to help them deal with any insurance claims they may have.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 /Number of views (119) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team Responds to Barricaded Subject inside a Home

Thermalito, CA- On Monday, September 11, 2017, at around 10:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call that a Hispanic male, later identified as Ryan Swars, age 27, had entered a home on Mountain Vista Drive in Thermalito, while the homeowner was outside. Swars was unknown to the homeowner. The homeowner then went to a neighbor’s home and called 9-1-1.
When BCSO deputies responded, they observed Swars through a window armed with a knife. Upon seeing the deputies, Swars made an aggressive movement with the knife towards the deputies, who were outside of the residence. Swars was also in possession of the homeowner’s three rifles and a shotgun, which he found after entering the home.
The BCSO SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene. As the SWAT Team was approaching the home, Swars peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Swars is being booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of felony vandalism, a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and trespassing. Peaceful resolutions are always the goal of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, and we were pleased with the outcome today.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 /Number of views (143) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Deputy Involved Shooting

Durham, CA- On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) SWAT and Crisis Negotiations Teams responded to a residence on the 1900 block of Durham-Dayton Highway to serve a felony arrest warrant charging Mark Aaron Jensen, 56, with threatening public officers. The arrest warrant resulted from an incident originating on Monday, August 21, 2017. During that incident, Butte County Code Enforcement Officers served paperwork at Jenson’s residence due to marijuana being illegally grown, in violation of Butte County’s Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance. Jensen, was outraged and began calling the county Code Enforcement and Sheriff’s Offices, making threats against officers.
BCSO deputies attempted to make contact with Jensen by telephone on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in an effort to negotiate his surrender. Jensen, however, would not answer the calls. BCSO then received additional information that Jensen was becoming increasingly more agitated and was armed with several firearms, including a rifle. As a result, the BCSO SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams were sent to the area in a further attempt to secure Jensen’s surrender and take him into custody. Before the teams could attempt contact, Jensen brandished a long gun at an uninvolved motorist, who by happenstance had pulled off the road in front of his residence. According to the motorist, Jensen threatened to shoot her if she did not immediately leave the area. The motorist fled and called 9-1-1.
BCSO SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team members approached Jensen’s residence in an armored vehicle and attempted to establish communication with him over a loudspeaker. Jensen, who was in his house, would not respond. After a period of time, the team backed away from the residence and developed an alternative plan to deploy the Bomb Squad robot closer to the house and utilize its on-board camera and loudspeaker to establish communication with Jensen. At approximately 7:30 p.m., before the robot could be deployed, Jensen came out of the residence, armed with a handgun, and walked into the middle of the roadway. Jensen waved the gun around in an angry manner and then pointed it at deputies in the area. Fearing for his safety and the safety of other deputies, Deputy Matt Calkins, a ten year veteran, fired a single shot, striking Jensen. SWAT team medics immediately attempted life-saving efforts; however, Jensen died at the scene. The handgun Jensen pointed at deputies was recovered from his person and found to be loaded.
The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incident Protocol Team has been activated to investigate this deputy involved shooting. The Protocol Team is comprised of detectives and investigators from state and local agencies throughout Butte County. The team works closely with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office to conduct complete, thorough and independent investigations in cases of this nature. Further details related to this matter will be released by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office when the investigation is completed.
Deputy Calkins has been temporarily reassigned from field operations to administrative duties within the office, pending completion of the investigation.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 /Number of views (240) /Categories: Press Release
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Explosive Destructive Device

August 15, 2017

Explosive Destructive Device

On August 14, 2017, at approximately 2030 hours, Butte County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence on the 300 block of E. Evans Reimer Road in Gridley.
Deputy Galvez responded to the call and contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle. He saw a methamphetamine smoking pipe inside the vehicle in plain view. He detained the driver, identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Nicholson, and initiated a search of the vehicle. Deputy Galvez located a loaded firearm concealed in a backpack.
Deputy Demmers was assisting in the search of the vehicle and located what looked like a pipe bomb in the trunk. Deputy Demmers deployed his Explosive Detection K9 “Ray” who alerted to an explosive odor in the trunk of the vehicle.
A safe distance was established while Deputies waited for the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad. The bomb squad confirmed the suspected pipe bomb was a destructive explosive device. Bomb Technicians rendered the device safe.
Nicholson was arrested for the following charges:
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Felon in Possession of Ammunition
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Concealed Firearm in a Vehicle
- Displaying False Registration on a Vehicle
- Possession of a Destructive Device in Public
- Possession of a Destructive Device
- Possession of Stolen Property
Nicholson was booked into Butte County Jail. His bail was set at $612,000.
The investigation is on-going. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone who might have information regarding Nicholson’s involvement with destructive devices to contact Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division or the watch commander at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 /Number of views (235) /Categories: Press Release
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Suspected Arsonist Arrested

August 2, 2017
SUSPECTED ARSONIST ARRESTED
Chico, CA – A suspected arsonist has been arrested by Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) after a lengthy investigation by CAL FIRE investigators. Mery Thomasson-Behring, 56, was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail in the early morning of August 2nd, on an outstanding warrant for 8 counts of PC451 ©, Arson to Forest land in the area of Cohasset Road in North Chico. Thomasson-Behring’s bail is set at $600,000.
"The act of arson adversely affects property owners, tax payers, firefighters and the environment," said CAL FIRE’s Chief Read. "We live in an area that has high potential for large, destructive fires. People's homes and lives are threatened each time a fire is set."
“BCSO enjoys a good working relationship with CAL FIRE, and we are happy to assist in removing arsonists off the street,” said Sheriff Kory Honea.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 /Number of views (260) /Categories: Press Release
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