Officers shoot Palo Cedro man after uncooperative/confrontational

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On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. Officers with the Redding Police Department responded to a subject with a gun in the area of 2779 Reservoir Lane, Redding CA. This location is a small apartment complex located on the east side of Reservoir Lane on the east side of Redding. While officers responded, the reporting party stated the subject with a gun, later identified as Edmund Charles Leighty Sr., 56 year old male, stated he was not going to go out easy and there was going to be a shootout in the front yard.

gunAt 11:48 a.m. upon officer’s arrival they located Leighty near the entrance of apartment #4. Officers began to provide verbal commands to Leighty who was confrontational and not cooperative. Leighty entered apartment #4 and exited holding a black rifle, with a collapsible stock that was identified as a black, semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle with a collapsible stock, see attached photograph. The .22 rifle had one live round in the chamber and seven live rounds in the attached 10 round magazine. Officers repeatedly gave commands to Leighty to drop the rifle however he failed to comply with officer’s commands and raised the rifle toward officers. Four Redding Police Officers, fired at Leighty as they feared for their lives, their partner’s lives, nearby citizen’s lives and other occupants lives that were still inside apartment #4. After the shooting, officers attempted lifesaving efforts on Leighty, however he was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel.

The Shasta County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and assisting agencies responded to assist. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the officer involved shooting investigation.

The initial investigation has revealed that Leighty has been visiting the occupants of apartment #4, as he recently left his residence in Palo Cedro stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred on November 11, 2016. Leighty left the residence prior to deputy’s arrival, however was arrested on November 14, 2016 and booked into the Shasta County Jail for misdemeanor domestic violence and a misdemeanor probation violation. Leighty subsequently posted bail and was released later that day on November 14th. Leighty may have also been suffering from some mental health issues during this time. Leighty had been on probation from a 2016 gun violation where he pled no contest to illegally possessing ammunition. Leighty had a prior felony conviction for DUI from 1999.

During the investigation, Detectives and Investigators spoke with multiple witnesses who saw the shooting take place.  The eye witness accounts corroborate witness officers accounts of the shooting.  The Major Crimes Unit has also obtained cell phone video of the incident however the cell phone video does not show the actual shooting.  

The four Redding Police Officers were not injured during the incident and have been placed on Administrative Leave per Redding Police Department policy.  The identities of the officers will be released at a later date.

An autopsy for Leighty has been scheduled for November 21, 2016.  If anybody has information or other audio/video footage, they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135 or mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.  There is no further information to be released at this time. 

 

 

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