Multiple Suspected Drug Overdoses and Deaths



On Sunday 5/15/22, at about 1:25 pm, the Chico Police Department’s Dispatch Center began receiving 911 calls informing us that there were several subjects unconscious and not breathing, at the Community Park (1900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Chico, Ca). Chico Fire Department and Chico Police Department responded with personnel. They located a total of 4 subjects in distress. Lifesaving efforts, to include CPR and multiple doses of Narcan, were initiated; at one point all available Narcan was requested to the scene. 2 of the individuals were taken to a local hospital. At this time, their condition is not known. Unfortunately, 2 individuals were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities are being withheld pending next of kin notifications. Preliminary information suggests this is most likely a drug overdose. Chico Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene and are assuming their investigative role. With skyrocketing overdose deaths in Butte County, the Chico Police Department is committed to investigating these incidents and working alongside our regional partners to identify those who push this poison into our communities. In a concurrent effort to mitigate opioid overdose deaths, Chico Police Officers are trained to administer Narcan and carry doses in the field. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Cale Smith at the Chico Police Department 530-897-4900 and reference case number #22-002995.

Location: Community Park (1900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Chico, Ca).

Victim: Withheld

Suspect: Unknown

Supervisor: Sgt. Dave Bailey

Lieutenant: Lt. Omar Peña

The Chico Police Department is committed to ensuring our community is a safe place to live, work, and recreate within!

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