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Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Case# 20-006878

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On Wednesday, December 16th, 2020, at approximately 10:15 am, Chico Police responded to the 500 block of E.19th Street on the report of a firearm brandishing. According to the victim, he/she attempted to serve Joseph Daniel Lawrence with court paperwork related to a temporary restraining order. Upon being served, Lawrence retrieved a firearm and pointed it at the victim. The victim fearing for his/her safety immediately ran to their vehicle and notified Chico PD. Officers responded to the address, set a perimeter around the house, and conducted surveillance in an attempt to see Lawrence exit the house. After 20 minutes, Lawrence exited the house and was taken into custody without incident. Chico Police received information that additional subjects were possibly still inside Lawrence’s house. Chico Police utilized a Hostage Negotiator and made announcements into the residence via a loudspeaker. A female subject unrelated to the assault exited the house and was detained. Officers then cleared the house and searched for evidence. During the investigation, officers located the suspected firearm used in the assault. The firearm was reported stolen from an earlier vehicle burglary that occurred in Chico a few days prior. Lawrence was arrested for various violations to include:
• 30305(a)(1) PC – Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person
• 496(a) PC – Possession of Stolen Property
• 245(a)(2) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Firearm
• 243(e)(1) PC – Domestic Battery
• 29800 (a)(1) PC – Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person
• 12022.1(B) PC – Probation Violation
Location: 500 block of E. 19th Street
Date/Time: 12/16/20 at 10:15am

Supervisor: Sergeant Joel Schmid

Watch Commander: Lieutenant Mike Williams

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