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Bridgett: Officers Use Of Force Justified In 2018 Shooting

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett released her findings regarding the February 7th, 2018 officer involved shooting on Hiatt Drive in Redding in which Redding Police Officers shot and injured Levi Nicholson. The District Attorney found the officers’ use of force justified. After shoplifting energy drinks from the Tower Mart on Lake Boulevard and using a baseball bat to break the car window of an employee at Lake Liquor, Nicholson showed up on the campus of Buckeye Elementary School, still armed with the baseball bat. When Redding Police arrived Nicholson ran behind a house on Hiatt Drive across the street from the school. Two RPD Officers confronted Nicholson and ordered him to put the bat down. Instead, he held the bat over his head as if to strike and advanced toward the officers. They opened fire and Nicholson hit the ground. A K9 was then used to help subdue him and get him into handcuffs. Nicholson entered no contest pleas on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, and admitted a prior strike. He was sentenced to 10 years 8 months in state prison.