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.

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Case# 20-006885

On December 16, 2020, at about 8:43 pm, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred. The victim was waiting for officers in the parking lot of Liquor Bank, 915 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene in about 1 minute and spoke with the victim. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim is expected to survive.


Death in a Public Right of Way

Case# 20-006816

Fire and medical personnel were dispatched to an unresponsive person found in an alcove of the church at 1601 Hemlock St. around 12 PM. The person was pronounced deceased, and Chico Police Officers arrived to investigate. At this time there are no signs of foul play surrounding this death. This person appeared to be homeless. This press release is in response to a request from local media to be notified of deaths in the public right of way.


Suicidal Subject Threatens To Jump From Overpass

Case# 20-006605

On 12/01/2020 at 1:18PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a female subject leaning off the railing at the Highway 99 overpass at Cohasset Road and Mangrove Avenue. Chico Police Traffic Sergeant Todd Lefkowitz arrived on scene and contacted a female subject who was standing outside of the railing and threatening to jump from the overpass. Sergeant Lefkowitz was able to quickly grab the female subject and a brief struggle ensued while the female was still dangling from the railing and actively trying to jump off.


Missing At Risk Adult – *Found*

Case# 20-006500

*Subject Found Safely*     The Chico Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a missing at risk person. 73 year-old Raji Dorotez walked away from the Torres Shelter (101 Silver Dollar Way) tonight at about 5pm. Mr. Dorotez is Caucasian with short grey hair and a grey beard. He has a thin build and stands about 5’8” tall. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and dark pants. He walks with a hunch and carries a black backpack. Mr. Dorotez suffers from dementia.


Accidental Shooting

Case# 20-006446

On November 22, 2020, at approximately 10:24 PM, Chico Police Officers responded to Cayman Court in Chico, CA. for a report of a subject suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and located a male inside of his residence with a single gunshot wound. The male was provided emergency aid and transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. CPD Officers investigated the incident and determined there were no signs of foul play. A witness was interviewed, and the shooting appeared to be accidental. No one else was injured during the incident.


Vehicle Crashes into Home and Flees the Scene

Case# 20-006418

On November 21, 2020, at approximately 2:06 AM, Chico Police Dispatch received a call from a homeowner on the 100 block of Commonwealth Ct regarding a vehicle that had collided into the residence. The caller indicated the vehicle had fled the area.
Chico Police Officers arrived and contacted the homeowner. From the investigation, officers confirmed an unknown vehicle collided into a bedroom of the residence. The bedroom belonged to a small child and luckily the child was safe and unharmed. There is no description of the vehicle but should have front end damage.



Case# 20-006415

On November 20, 2020, at approximately 9:50 PM, Chico Police Officers responded to the 1400 block of W. 3rd St. in Chico, CA. for a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and located two adult males suffering from lacerations to their faces. This was later determined to have been caused by a knife. The victims’ injuries were not life threatening and they were transported to a local hospital. The suspect was not apprehended. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact Chico Police at (530)897-4900.

Location: 1400 Block W. 3rd St. Chico, CA


Chico PD Response to Governor’s Stay at Home Order

Press Release- Statement from Chief Madden

On November 19th the Chico Police Department became aware of a Limited Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor
for counties in the purple tier. The order goes into effect on Saturday (November 21) and restricts non-essential work,
movement, and gatherings between the hours of 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. The order will remain in effect until 5:00 am on
December 21, 2020.
The Chico P.D. will continue to respond to any incident with the potential for criminal behavior or impacts to public safety


Single Vehicle Collision

Case# 20-006369

On 11/18/2020 at 1:34 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle collision that occurred near W 17th St and Broadway. Officers arrived on scene and determined that a single vehicle had collided with a building located at 116 W 17th St. Chico Fire Department and Butte County EMS arrived on scene and began life saving measures. The single occupant of the vehicle was transported to Enloe Hospital by paramedics.
The Chico Police Department Traffic Unit and MAIT (Major Accident Investigation Team) took over the investigation which is still ongoing.


Death in Public Right of Way

Case# 20-006320

On 11/16/20 at 9:49 am a citizen called 911 to report he found a man deceased inside of a tent near the intersection of Humboldt Ave. and Pine St.  Officers arrived on scene and confirmed an adult male was deceased inside of his tent.  The tent was adjacent to Little Chico Creek.  There were no signs of foul play.  Witnesses advised the subject was ill for past few days.  The scene was turned over the Butte County Sheriff Coroner’s Office.  The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to his next of kin.



Commercial Burglary

Case# 20-006271

On November 14th, 2020 around 5:40 AM, Chico Police Officers were summoned to an audible alarm at A Main Cycling, 2070 E. 20th St. by a private security guard. Officers discovered a window had been shattered and two bicycles were stolen. Currently, we do not have a suspect description to release to the public.
Location: 2070 E. 20th ST. A Main Cycling
Supervisor: Sgt. Escobedo
Watch Commander: Lt Rodden


Shooting into a Dwelling

Case# 20-006141

On 11/8/20 at approximately 7:38 PM, Chico Police Dispatch received a report of multiple gunshots fired near the intersection of Oak Street and W. 5th Street.  The reporting party discovered that a single round had struck a nearby apartment complex and entered an attached garage area. 


Officers responded to the area and located the damaged area.  During a neighborhood canvas, Chico Police Officers discovered additional evidence of a shooting.  At the time of this report, no gunshot victims have been located or identified. 


Missing Juvenile Determined a Runaway

Case# 20-006122

On November 7, 2020, at approximately 7:50 PM Chico Police Officers responded to the report of a missing juvenile. Officers did an extensive canvass of the immediate and surrounding area and did not locate the juvenile. The investigation, including speaking with both of the juvenile’s parents, led Officers to believe the juvenile was a voluntary missing/runaway juvenile. A missing person report was taken, and the juvenile was entered into the missing persons system.


Suicidal Subject Threatens To Jump

Case# 20-006046

On 11/04/20 at 12:01pm Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the Enloe Hospital Parking Structure for a subject threating to jump off the top floor. Chico Police Officers and Chico Fire personal arrived on scene. Officers from the hostage negotiation team were on duty and began a dialog with the subject. These officers have specialized training in de-escalation. The subject was dangling his legs precariously over the edge of the building. Officers summoned assistance from the Butte County Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team. BCMH assisted officers at the scene.


Halloween 2020

The Chico Police Department has historically planned for large crowds and activity on the west side of Chico for Halloween weekends. This year was especially hard to prepare for due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions. The Chico Police Department added additional personnel to patrol operations and the dispatch center for the weekend. The California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and the CSU Chico Police Department also assisted with us with personnel support. Overall, activity was much lower than any recent Halloween event in the City of Chico.


Discharge a Firearm in Public

Case# 20-005960

On October 31, 2020, at approximately 11:30 AM Chico Police Dispatch received 911 calls regarding gunshots being heard in the south Chico area.  Officers responded and located evidence of a firearm being discharged.  Witnesses in the area were interviewed and evidence was collected.  At this time there have been no reported injuries as a result of the shooting.  The investigation is open and active.




Case# 20-005934

On 10/29/20 at about 8:51 pm, the Chico Police Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting that had just occurred in the 1100 block of Columbus Avenue in Chico, CA.  

Patrol Officers converged on the scene.  Officers determined the incident was an attempted robbery.  There were four suspects who were all wearing masks.  The suspects fled the scene and fired numerous rounds toward the victim.  A vehicle and two residences were struck by gunfire.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood and determined no one had been injured. 



Case# 20-005912

On 10/29/20 at 0046 hours the reporting party was pushing his bicycle through the parking lot of a business in the 2400 block of Notre Dame Blvd, when he discovered a male, laying on his back, outside a vehicle, that appeared deceased.  The reporting party ran to the nearby Chico Fire Station 4 and reported what he had discovered.  Chico Fire responded to the victim’s location and confirmed the victim was deceased. 


Armed Robbery

Case# 20-005899

On the above date and time Chico Police officers responded to the area of W. 12th St.
and Ivy St. for a reported robbery with a firearm. Officers arrived and contacted a
male and female victim. The victims told officers they were walking to an apartment
when they were confronted by two males, not known to them. The suspects
demanded the male victim handover his wallet and cellular phone. During the
incident, the suspects brandished a firearm and threatened to the shoot the victims.


Drowning at Sycamore Pool

Case# 20-005782

On 10/21/20 at 5:53 p.m., a citizen called the Chico Police Department to report a possible drowning in Sycamore Pool at One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and located the man in the center of the pool. Chico Fire Personnel retrieved the man from the water. Medics pronounced the man deceased. There were no obvious signs of criminality located at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Chico, CA –
Location: Sycamore Pool, 910 South Park Drive.
Victim: 70-year-old male. Name withheld.

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