Armed Suspect Arrested/Officer Injured

Case# 21-001708


On March 20, 2021 at about 11:00 p.m., Chico Police Officers responded to a party complaint at La Vista Verde Apartments, 1666 Vista Verde Avenue, Chico. Two officers arrived on scene and were met with a large unruly crowd. Officers attempted to detain Tony AlvaradoTafoya (age 21) in the parking lot. AlvaradoTafoya resisted their efforts and ran from officers. During the struggle one officer sustained a fractured leg and dislocated ankle. Additional officers arrived on scene and AlvaradoTafoya was seen fleeing into a neighboring apartment. Officers learned that prior to the struggle, AlvaradoTafoya was in possession of a 9mm Glock style “ghost gun” loaded with a high capacity magazine.
Officers searched the apartment that AlvaradoTafoya had fled into. As officers were making their way through the apartment AlvaradoTafoya jumped out of a second story window in an attempt to escape. He was detained without further incident. He fractured his foot during the fall.

The Chico Police Officer was transported via ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.

AlvaradoTafoya was treated at Enloe Hospital and was medically cleared for incarceration. He was booked into the Butte County Jail for violations of sections 148.10 PC-Resisting a Peace Officer causing Serious Bodily Injury, 25400(a) PC-Carrying a Concealed Firearm, 29180(g) PC-Assembling a Ghost Gun, 32310 PC-Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, 25850(c)(6) PC-Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, and 148(a)(1) PC-Resisting or Delaying a Peace Officer.

booking photo of male in grey shirt

Evidence from arrest


Case Number: 21-001708
Location: 1666 Vista Verde Avenue, Chico, CA
Victim: Withheld
Suspect: Tony Ignatio AlvaradoTafoya, age 21 (See attached photo)
Supervisor: Sergeant J. Adrian
Watch Commander: Lieutenant M. Williams


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