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Police shoot and kill man who threatened trucker, worker, with knife


Local police in California have released new information on an officer-involved shooting incident that ended a knife attack at a business location on Wednesday.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. on October 14 at a community park in Chico, California when a suspect later identified as 30 year old Stephen William Vest got into an altercation with a security guard after he threatened people with a knife.

Please AVOID the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at the 20th St. intersection and down to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at Silver Dollar Way due to Police activity. Thank you

Posted by Chico Police Department on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Police say Vest fled the scene and attacked people inside vehicles at the intersection of East 20th St. and MLK Jr. Parkway before he moved on to a Petco store location.

At the Petco, police say that Vest attempted to attacked a truck driver who was unloading his trailer as well as a store worker, chasing them inside the store.

Three officers with the Chico Police Department arrived on scene at the Petco. They attempted to subdue Vest but were unsuccessful and two of the officers fired multiple rounds at Vest.

Vest died at the scene after receiving attempts to save his life.

No other injuries were reported.

The two officers who fired on Vest, Sergeant Nick Bauer and Officer Tyler Johnson, have been placed on administrative leave as an investigation by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office into the officer-involved shooting continues.

According to KRCRTV, Vest was homeless and on felony probation for previous attacks on police.

#Chico Police remain at the scene overnight at a deadly officer-involved shooting outside Petco. New details today on KRCR News Channel 7 Daybreak

Posted by Kelli Saam KRCR News Channel 7 on Thursday, October 15, 2020

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