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Friend of 19-year-old Breanne Sharpe shot by Chico police speaks about the incident

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 24 2013 08:35:41 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Breanne Sharpe, 19, was shot twice by Chico Police officers after they say she led them on a chase in a stolen car early on Sunday morning, then tried to run them down with the car when the chase ended.

One of her friends was with her only hours before it happened.

Jessica Wilson says she has been friends with Sharpe since middle school. She said she talked to Sharpe and couldn't believe what happened when she found out.

"She was really funny and cool," Wilson said. "She always helped other people before herself. She'd always take care of other people before she was ever taken care of."

Chico police say they were responding to reports of someone on Coit Tower Way trying to break into cars early on Sunday. They tried to stop a black Honda seen leaving the area but the car took off.

The pursuit ended when the car crashed into a utility pole but police say that Sharpe, the driver, slammed the car into reverse, nearly hitting one officer, who then opened fire.

Then, they say she rammed the Honda into two patrol cars, narrowly missing other officers, causing them to open fire.

"I don't think they should have shot into the car," Wilson said about the incident. "I think they might have shot out a tire or anything like that to drive it. You know, stuff happens and there's no taking that back."

Wilson says Sharpe started living on the streets of Chico two months ago, coming back to town from Magalia.

In 2011, she lived in a group home in Redding and according to police, at one point, she ran away.

A rough past, but Wilson said she spoke with Sharpe just hours before the pursuit and Wilson said she sounded normal.

Jessica says the one thing she will miss most about Breanne is her spontaneous personality and how she would make her laugh all of the time.