Tense encounter

Alleged attempt to commit suicide-by-cop de-escalated by sheriff’s deputies

Butte County sheriff’s deputies subdued and arrested a reportedly suicidal man in Oroville on Sunday (Oct. 2).

The man’s stepfather called 911 and said that he was wielding a knife, a bat and a machete and threatening to kill family members, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Deputies responded to the home on Fall River Court around 7:30 p.m. and found a man “who was intoxicated, highly agitated and suicidal.” Brandishing the bat and knife, he allegedly moved toward deputies, who twice shot him with bean bag rounds. Eventually, the man ran into a garage, where he was arrested.

After being treated for his injuries at Oroville Hospital, the man—whose name has been withheld to protect his medical privacy—was booked into Butte County Jail for brandishing a weapon other than a firearm and resisting an officer.