A deadly officer-involved shooting in Shasta County has been deemed reasonable and justified after a four-month investigation.
Answers for many questions about the incident, since it occurred on July 17, were delivered Thursday in Redding.
"There is no doubt that the officers acted in a manner that was reasonable and justified under California law,” said Shasta County Assistant District Attorney Josh Lowery.
The Shasta County District Attorney's office held a news conference Thursday morning to announce the results of its investigation into the fatal shooting of 38-year-old John Snider.
Snider was killed in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement at an Anderson apartment complex on Briarwood Drive during a stand-off.
It was a domestic violence dispute that brought police to the apartment complex in the first place. Snider's victim was being held inside. She eventually got out.
"One can only speculate what Snider may have done to the victim had she not seized this fortuitous moment to escape him," said Lowery.
Redding Police investigators described that incident to members of the media.
"The handgun that he had in his possession which was used during the assault of this domestic violence victim,” said Redding Police Lt. Jeff Wallace, as he pointed to crime-scene pictures posted on a whiteboard. “He actually savagely beat her about the head with this handgun, causing some pretty significant injuries."
Police said Snider barricaded himself inside. Police officers and the SWAT team set up a perimeter outside. Snider brandished a handgun before grabbing a shotgun and firing three rounds at officers with one round hitting a police vehicle. SWAT team members returned fire killing Snider.
The exchange of gunfire lasted approximately 30 seconds.
"The taking of a life is a serious decision and it's never an option that law enforcement wants to pursue,” said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko. “However, there are occasions when officers have no other choice. This was one of those occasions."
According to protocol the seven deputies who fired shots were placed on paid administrative leave. Dozens of rounds were fired into the apartment. According to the Redding Police Department, the autopsy showed five identifiable bullet strikes on Snider.