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Police investigating suspicious death in Chico apartments

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CHICO, Calif. - A Chico woman found her husband dead inside their home early Thursday morning and detectives are calling the death suspicious.

The 26-year-old was found at about 1:40 a.m. in an apartment on the 1500 block of N. Cherry Street.

There are still several unanswered questions about what happened, but the Chief of Police said they are treating this case as a homicide.

"It peaked my curiosity right away because I've never seen anything like this on this street," said Mitchell Tiraterra, a Chico State student who lives nearby.

He was one of many concerned neighbors who stopped to ask what had happened.

"I'll obviously be double checking my locks and being a little more on my toes on what's going on around at night," said Tiraterra. "Being a little bit more looking out the window, I'm sure as most people probably would, just living around here. That's not too good to hear."

Over 10 hours after the initial call, detectives remained at the scene with the apartment complex caution taped off. Police said the death is highly suspicious and they are investigating it as a potential homicide.

"All deaths that are suspicious in nature, we're going to treat as if they were a homicide," explained Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien. "We'll allow the facts to determine if that was the case or not."

Police aren't saying much more than that. The cause of death and any potential motive are still unanswered at this time.

"We think we know what happened, but we're not releasing that at this time and we're not releasing the name of the subject who we also believe we have identified," said Chief O'Brien.

When asked if the general public should be concerned for their safety, the Chief responded, "There is no information that anyone else is in jeopardy, but certainly, certainly, we want to find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice."

"Definitely a little startled by that. I've been here for two years and I've never seen anything like this on this street," said Tiraterra.

"It makes me more vigilant," said another neighbor, Ryan Hamelberg. "Not necessarily scared, but just alarmed that things like this are happening and especially, close by."

Chico Police are asking anyone with information to call the Department at 530-897-4900.

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