Officers named in shooting of 25-year Chico man


CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien released the names of the two officers who shot and killed 25-year-old Desmond Phillips Friday night.

Jeremy Gagnebin and Alex Fliehr are on paid administrative leave while the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team investigates the shooting. This investigation will report to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, who will determine if the shooting was warranted.

Both officers were recent graduates of the Butte College Police Academy. Fliehr started with the Chico Police Department in December of 2014 and Gagnebin started with the department one year later.

On Friday night they were called to a Chico apartment near Fourth and Cherry Streets by paramedics who were called by the father of Phillips because they say the 25-year-old was a threat to young family members.

Police say that Phillips, who family members say suffered mental illness, was acting erratically, wielding two knives. After tasing him, both officers fired several rounds because police say Phillips remained a threat.

On Sunday night family, friends and community members held a vigil outside the Chico Police Station. Phillips's father, David Phillips, told KRCR's Taylor Torregano that he the witnessed shooting and said it was not justified.

O'Brien and Ramsey will meet with leaders of the NAACP Monday night "to be transparent and provide as much information as possible as we can regarding this incident," said O'Brien.