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UPDATE: Chico police shoot, kill 19-year-old woman after pursuit

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:06:52 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 22 2013 09:29:30 PM CDT

A 19-year-old woman was killed early Sunday in an officer-involved shooting in Chico.  Police said the woman was driving a stolen car, and drove toward officers three times, hitting two patrol vehicles before she was killed by police gunfire.

CHICO, Calif. -

A 19-year-old woman has been shot and killed by Chico police. 

It happened just after 2:00 a.m., shortly after officers responded to the 800 block of Coit Tower
Way on reports a subject was attempting to enter parked vehicles.

According to Chico police, when they arrived,  officers observed a dark-colored Honda coupe leaving the area.

On the belief the car could be stolen, officers attempted to stop it, but the driver kept going westbound on East 8th Street.

Police say the driver eventually turned onto Alpine Street and into an apartment complex on Vista Verde Avenue, struck a curb line, stopped, then continued westbound through the complex.

The car then exited the complex, and eventually crashed into a utility pole after traveling eastbound on East 8th Street.

At that point, according to investigators, a Chico police officer was positioned outside his vehicle and behind the Honda, when the Honda accelerated rapidly in reverse, directly towards the officer.

That officer responded by firing at the suspect, who then drove forward and made a sweeping U-turn in a westbound direction, according to Lt. Mike O'Brien.

Investigators say the suspect continued westbound onto a sidewalk, severing a small tree, and striking the side of a patrol car where an officer was positioned, before proceeding even further westbound and striking another patrol car where another officer was positioned. Both officers were outside their vehicles.

As the suspect accelerated towards these officers, several officers fired shots until the suspect vehicle came to a stop, police said.

Officers then approached the vehicle, removed the 19-year-old woman inside, discovered she had been hit twice, and tried to save her, but she later died at Enloe Medical Center.

A total of five officers fired shots, and all are on paid administrative leave, which is standard.

The suspect had prior offenses for vehicle theft and evading officers, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

The Honda was, in fact, stolen, according to Chico police.

Agencies involved in the investigation include: the Butte County District Attorney's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Probation Department, Paradise Police Department, California State Parks, Chico State Police Department, Gridley Police  Department, Chico Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and California Bureau of Forensic Services.