Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and Animal Cruelty Arrest

Case#: 20-000253


Chico, CA –   On 1/12/20, at 6:21 p.m., Chico PD Dispatch received a call of a dispute occurring in the area of the 1600 block of Filbert Avenue in Chico.  The caller stated they heard yelling and what sounded like gunshots.  CPD Officers arrived and found a man being detained by a neighboring resident.  Officers also found a firearm in the yard of one of the residences and damage from, what appeared to be, gunshots in the same residence.  Protective checks were conducted at two separate residences by Officers who determined there were no persons hurt by the gunfire.  Officers did discover a dog had been killed by an apparent gunshot. 

A thorough investigation was conducted into the circumstances of this incident by the Chico Police Department.  It was discovered that a resident of one of the houses on the block, identified as Michael Marzolf, shot and killed his dog.  Marzolf then went to his neighbor’s residence and fired several more shots into his neighbor’s residence.  Marzolf was the subject who was detained by a neighbor.  He was discovered to be in a delusional state and was unable to provide a statement to explain the reason for his actions.  Fortunately, the residents of the home which Marzolf fired rounds into were not at home at the time of the incident.

Marzolf was placed under arrest for Animal cruelty, Shooting into an inhabited dwelling and willful discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.  Due to his delusional and manic behavior, he was transported to Enloe Medical Center for a medical clearance prior to being booked in the Butte County Jail where he is being held on $600,000 bond.  The investigation into the circumstances causing Marzolf’s actions are still being investigated.        

Location:                     1600 block of Filbert Avenue

Date/Time:                  1/12/20    1821 hours

Victim:                         Withheld

Suspect:                      Michael Marzolf  52 years old from Chico

Supervisor:                  T. Tupper  S11

Watch Commander:   M. Williams  C9

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