Police Department News Releases

Police Department Press Releases


The Press Information Office is a central location for the media and community to obtain information and press releases regarding the newsworthy events in which the Chico Police Department has played a role.

Media outlets and public agencies wishing to receive department press releases submit an email address here.



Don’t Rob your Neighbor


On 7/26/22 at approximately 11:33 AM, Chico Police Dispatch received a report of an armed robbery. Officers responded to the 1300 Block of E. Lindo Ave, Chico and contacted the victim. The victim reported that two known subjects approached him and demanded items. The victim had previously lived in a tent near one of the suspects in the Comanche Creek Homeless Encampments. One of the subjects was armed with a handgun and pointed it at the victim. This subject was identified as Joshua Edward Boles (42 yrs old). The second subject’s name will be withheld pending further investigation.


Burglary and Assault on Officer Arrest

Case# 22-004651

On July 28, 2022, at 1:43 in the morning, the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call of a burglary at the Shell Station at 2230 Esplanade in Chico. Security guards were on scene and observed a man inside the business. He fled from the business. Chico Police arrived and located the man in a business complex just north of the Shell station. When the officer contacted the man, he fled into the business complex. He was caught by the officer but violently resisted.


Death in the Public Right of Way

Case# 22-4502

On 7/22/22 at 1325 hrs., a citizen called the Chico Police Department to report an unresponsive male located on the bicycle path in the area of SR 99 and E. Lassen Ave. Medics arrived a short time later and located the subject, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no signs obvious signs of criminality located at the scene. This press release is in response to a request to notify media outlets of a death located in the public right of way.

Location: Bike Path at SR 99 and E. Lassen Ave.

Victim: Withheld

Suspect: N/A


Animal Cruelty Investigation

Case# 22-004481

On 7/21/2022 at approximately 1800 hours, Chico Police Officers responded to 401 Broadway St, City Plaza, where it was reported a subject was battering a small dog. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the subject involved, 54 y/o Roger Markham. Markham was in possession of the dog at the time he was contacted.

After interviewing witnesses and Markham, officers determined that Markham was very intoxicated. Markham was arrested for public intoxication and for animal cruelty. He was taken to the Butte County Jail. The dog was taken to the Butte County Animal Shelter.



Case# 22-4432

On 7-19-22 at approximately 8:54 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the area of West Sacramento Avenue and Columbus Avenue for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived at the scene and determined a victim had been transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim was identified as a 15-year-old male juvenile and is listed in critical condition. Chico Police Detectives and Violence Suppression Unit Detectives arrived at the scene and are actively investigating the case.



Case# 22-004384

On 7/17/2022 at approximately 12:18 AM, Chico Police Department dispatch center received multiple 911 calls in regards to a shooting near E. 4th Street and Wall Street. Witnesses stated they heard some yelling followed by gunshots.

Multiple Chico Police Officers arrived on scene and located a single victim of a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.


Shooting into an Occupied Residence

Case# 22-004221

On 7/9/2022 at approximately 2:07 AM, Chico Police Department dispatch center received multiple 911 calls in regards to a shooting. Callers were indicating a subject shot multiple rounds into an apartment at 75 Harvest Park Ct.


Two Trailer Thieves is Too Many

Case# 22-004127

On 7/6/22, Chico Police Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) and Chico Police Detective Bureau responded to the 3000 Block of Esplanade to serve a search warrant. VSU Detectives authored a search warrant for a building, looking for evidence that a convicted felon may be in possession of firearms and ammunition. Detectives served the warrant and detained the subject that was suspected of possessing the firearm, Glenn Anthony Ellis (49 yrs old). After a search of the listed addresses, Detectives discovered firearms and ammunition. Ellis was arrested.


DUI Checkpoint

The Chico Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Thursday June 30th , 2022. The checkpoint was located at the intersection of E. Park Avenue and Fair Street. The checkpoint was open from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. During that 4-hour period, 602 vehicles came through the checkpoint. 19 of those drivers came through and did not have their license in possession. Officers verified their license status and 8 drivers returned unlicensed and 1 driver came back suspended. Those 9 drivers were given citations and a licensed driver was called to the scene to drive the vehicle away.


Illegal Possession of Firearms

Case# 22-004089

On 7/3/22 Chico Police Patrol Officers responded to the 1400 Block of E. Lassen Ave., Chico, Ca after receiving a 911 Call where the caller said a male was pounding on the front door armed with a handgun.

The man left in a truck but was spotted by responding Officers.

Officers stopped the vehicle and conducted a high-risk traffic stop in the parking lot of the 7-11 on East Ave. They contacted the male driver who was later identified as Tyler BARNEY (35 yrs.).


Chief Matt Madden’s Retirement Announcement

Chief Matt Madden

After 30 years in law enforcement, the City of Chico Police Chief Matthew Madden announced his plans to retire in September of this year. Chief Madden has served with the Chico Police Department for 25 years. He began his career with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for five years before joining the Chico Police Department.

“It is my distinct honor and privilege to end my career as the Chief of the Chico Police Department,” said Chief Madden.


Chico Police Department Welcomes New Communications Specialist Kelly DeLeon

Kelly DeLeon

Kelly DeLeon was born and raised in Sacramento, California and is the youngest of three girls. She comes from a law enforcement family; her father having spent a 30-year career as a police officer for the Sacramento Police Department.

She moved to San Francisco in 2014 to attend San Francisco State University, graduating in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts and a minor in Journalism. She began a career in broadcast media shortly after graduating.


Woman Arrested for Drug Use in Presence of Children

Case# 22-003876

On 6/28/22, Chico Police Detectives conducted follow-up investigation, which resulted in the service of a search warrant in the 1100 Block of Shumard Oak Way.

Detectives received information that an inmate of Butte County Jail was in regular communication with a female, and during these phone calls she was actively using heroin and methamphetamine in the presence of young children. Based on the report, Detectives obtained a search warrant to search for narcotics paraphernalia and electronics that would corroborate the information.


Felony Arrest

Case# 22-004002

On 6/29/2022 a Chico Police officer received information that Drake Afflerbach was hiding in a homeless camp along the R/R tracks in the 800 block of Nord Ave. Afflerbach was wanted by BCSO for shooting into a vehicle in the Cohasset area on 6/18/2022 and for evading BCSO deputies in a vehicle on 6/20/2022 when they attempted to arrest Afflerbach for the shooting. In addition, Afflerbach was wanted on a CDC parole warrant.


Anti-Tobacco Decoy

During the past two weeks, the Chico Police Department’s School Resource Unit conducted decoy operations in which a subject under the age of 21, under the direct supervision of officers, attempted to purchase tobacco or vape products from 22 tobacco retail licensees in the City of Chico.


Prolific Trailer Thief Caught by Trailing Detectives

Case# 22-003751

On 6/28/22, Chico Police Detectives contacted and arrested David Wayne Jones (52 years old) pursuant to a warrant for his arrest. Jones was taken into custody without incident shortly after he left his residence. Jones was the suspect in at least 4 suspected trailer thefts.


Fatal Vehicle VS Pedestrian Collision

Case# 22-003972

On June 28th, 2022 at about 1003 hours, Chico Police Dispatch received several 911 calls regarding a vehicle collision on Forest Avenue near Hartford Drive. Officers arrived on scene and discovered an elderly female on the ground who had been hit by a passing vehicle. The vehicle immediately stopped and remained on scene. The 32-year old driver, his fiancé, and his grandmother, who were passengers in the vehicle, all provided statements to the investigating Officers. Several witnesses also provided their statements.


Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint Notification

The Chico Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Thursday June 30th , 2022 near the intersection of E. Park Avenue and Fair Street. It will begin at 7pm and will run for approximately 4 hours. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.


National Night Out 2022


Type of event: National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, from 6pm-9 pm. 

The Chico Police Department is announcing National Night Out, which will be taking place Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

National Night Out events represent several opportunities:


Death in a Public Right of Way

Case# 22-003867

On June 22nd, 2022, at about 2334 hours, Chico Police received a report of a subject unresponsive inside of a parked vehicle in the Five Mile Recreation Area parking lot of Upper Bidwell Park. Chico Fire, responded and located the individual. Unfortunately, the subject was pronounced deceased on scene. Chico Police responded and conducted an investigation. The cause of death is unknown at this time, however, there were no indications of foul play or suspicious activity. The Butte County Sheriff’s responded and took over the death investigation.

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