Fatal shooting by Oroville officers
Victim said to be suicidal
The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man by Oroville Police Department officers on Monday, April 28.
According to the city of Oroville’s Public Safety Department, the victim, 53-year-old Victor Coleman, confronted officers with a knife before the shooting. The officers involved in the incident are Jared Cooley, John Nickelson and Marcus Tennigkeit.
Coleman, who was staying at the Sunset Inn on Feather River Boulevard, reportedly was suicidal prior to the incident. Police were called to the motel at about 4 p.m., but Coleman would not let officers inside his room. About an hour later, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record, they barged into the room and were confronted by a knife-wielding Coleman, whom they fired upon. He died at the scene.