Suspect dead after SWAT Team responds to Oroville shooting
OROVILLE, Calif. —
Butte County deputies have identified the suspect in a deputy-involved shooting in Oroville as Larry Siordia, 33.
Deputies said Siordia was shot by a sergeant with the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Officials said the deputy fired a single shot at Siordia after he reportedly came out of a home on Ponoma Avenue and shot at law enforcement several times.
The incident started around 3:09 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Ponoma Avenue. Deputies said they got a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor but were unable to get a response from the homeowners when they got there.
Two additional calls followed, according to deputies, one at 3:35 a.m. and the other at 4:24 a.m., when deputies said the caller reported hearing the smoke alarm go off and then more shots.
Authorities said around 5:41 a.m., a woman called deputies about a call she got from her sister. She reportedly told deputies that her sister was being held at gunpoint inside a home and was asking her to pick up her two young children, who were in the home. When officers got there, they saw a bullet hole in the window beside the front door.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office was called in to help Oroville police, and the SWAT Team set up a perimeter around the home. According to deputies, around 7:54 a.m., a man came out of the home carrying a pistol.
Deputies said about a minute later, Siordia started shooting at law enforcement, adding that the incident took place in a densely populated neighborhood.
Authorities said one round hit a Butte County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle, behind which three officers were shielding themselves.
A sergeant fired one shot at Siordia, hitting him. Deputies said medical personnel responded immediately, but Siordia was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Deputies added that according to a preliminary investigation, it appears that several other rounds were fired throughout the neighborhood.
Some people in the neighborhood, like Oscar Balderrama, say they're not letting this experience phase them.
"It doesn't really affect me, or get me, like, any fear comes out of me or anything like that," Balderrama said. "But you know it just, kinda, be more alert of what's going on I guess."