UPDATE: On 03-05-2020, Chico Police Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on Columbus Ave regarding the above homicide investigation. During the execution of the search warrant, Detectives contacted 36 year old Eric Allen. During this contact, Detectives developed information that implicated Allen as being involved in the homicide. Based on information gathered by Detectives, Allen was arrested and booked on a single count of Murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. This case is still on-going and Chico Police Detectives encourage anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to call the Detective Bureau at (530)897-5820.
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Chico, CA – On 01-23-2020, the Chico Police Department responded to a report of a medical emergency at 665 Manzanita Ct. (Motel 6). Medics responded initially and located the victim who was suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced deceased. Detectives from the Chico Police Department have taken over this investigation. The investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been made at this time.
To protect the integrity of the investigation, we will not be providing any additional information at this time.
The victim was identified as John David Noonan (age 41) of Oroville.
Location: 665 Manzanita Ave. (Motel 6)
Victim: John Noonan
Suspect: Eric Allen
Supervisor: Sgt. Scott Harris