Fatally shot after standoff

Durham man killed in standoff with Butte County Sheriff’s deputies

A Durham man was fatally shot outside of his home by a Butte County Sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday (Aug. 22). The CN&R has learned the man was Mark Jensen, who ran unsuccessfully for Butte County supervisor in 2008 and 2016.

On Monday, code enforcement officers went to the man’s home on Durham-Dayton Highway and served him paperwork for noncompliance with the county’s marijuana ordinance, said BCSO spokeswoman Megan McMann. The next day, he allegedly called the BCSO and made threats and also allegedly brandished a shotgun at a woman who parked in front of his home.

A SWAT team went to Jensen’s home around 5 p.m. to serve a felony warrant for making threats to a public officer. After a short time, Jensen allegedly came outside and pointed a handgun at deputies. An as-yet unidentified deputy shot him once in the chest; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting/Critical Incident Protocol Team is investigating the incident.