Chico, CA – On 3/8/20, at 10:12 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls of a fight at a party at 1117 W. Sacramento Avenue in west Chico. Officers arrived at scene and learned that, during a fight, a subject presented a handgun and fired several rounds from the firearm, striking a vehicle and buildings in the apartment complex and an adjacent apartment complex. Officers obtained a description of the suspect from witnesses and soon located a man matching the description of the armed suspect, walking on W. Sacramento Avenue. The suspect, identified as 24 year old Asante Ayers, attempted to discard a handgun when he was contacted by the Officers. The firearm was determined to have been stolen and Ayers is a convicted felon. Ayers was arrested for the following charges:
29800(a)(1) PC; Felon in possession of a firearm
25400(a) PC; Carry a concealed firearm
30305(a)(1) PC; Felon in possession of ammunition
487(d)(2) PC; Possession of a stolen firearm
1203.2(a) PC; Violation of Probation
148(a)(1) PC; Resisting arrest
Ayers was booked at the Butte County Jail in Oroville and is being held on $95,500 bail.
The investigation into the shooting is still active. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4910 and reference case #20-1606.
Location: 1117 W. Sacramento Avenue, Chico
Date/Time: 3/8/20 2212 hours
Victim: State of California, other victim names withheld
Suspect: Asante Ayers, 24 years old from Chico
Supervisor: T. Tupper S11
Watch Commander: M. Rodden C6