The suspect shot and killed by Chico Police has been identified as 19-year-old Breanne Michelle Sharpe, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.
CHICO — Police shot and killed a 19-year-old woman who allegedly tried to run over an officer.
Officers from the Chico Police Department responded to a call of several cars being burglarized at about 2 a.m. today.
A black Honda Del Sol was spotted with a tail light broken that appeared suspicious, said Lt. Mike O’Brien of the police department. The driver did not pull over for police and a chase began.
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After driving through an apartment complex, the car struck a utility pole when it turned east onto East Eighth Street.
When the car reversed toward an officer who was on foot, the officer fired at the Honda, O’Brien said. The vehicle then made a sweeping U-turn, struck a tree and a police patrol vehicle.
Five police officers fired at the woman. O’Brien said they feared for their safety and the safety of their fellow officers.
“During the course of that, the suspect was shot at several times,” O’Brien said.
Police and first responders attempted life-saving efforts, but she was pronounced dead at Enloe Medical Center.
CHICO — Five Chico police officers were deemed justified in firing on and killing a 19-year-old woman during a pursuit last month, according to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.
Sgt. Scott Zuschin and officers Damon Selland, Nick Vega, Jared Cumber, and David Quigley fired 19 times toward Breanne Michelle Sharpe as she was reportedly attempting to flee from police at about 2:05 a.m. Sept. 22.
Sharpe suffered two “devastating” wounds, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said during a press conference. One bullet hit her behind and above her right ear and the other struck her upper left arm and traveled to her chest.
Thirteen of the bullets struck the Honda, one bullet hit a tree, one a bus stop, one a parked car and another a nearby garage, Ramsey told the Enterprise-Record.
A 3-D video was shown during the press conference to demonstrate the incident, but Chico police patrol vehicles are not equipped with dash cameras, Ramsey said.
At least 10 “ear witnesses” were interviewed, he said. There were no eye witnesses.