Toxicology reveals meth use

Teen killed by Chico Police Department officers had drugs in system

Breanne Michelle Sharpe, the 19-year-old who was shot to death by Chico Police Department officers last month, had drugs in her system at the time of her death, according to a Tuesday (Oct. 22) CPD press release.

Toxicology tests performed by the Butte County Coroner’s Office revealed Sharpe had methamphetamine and amphetamine in her blood at the time of the incident, the release states.

Sharpe led officers on a short vehicle chase in the early morning hours of Sept. 22 that ended in a hail of gunfire near the intersection of East Eighth Street and Vista Verde Avenue. An interagency investigation led by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey ruled that the shooting was justified, Ramsey announced on Oct. 3.