Father of Desmond Phillips claims one more officer fired shots at son


CHICO, Calif. - The father of Desmond Phillips, who was shot and killed by Chico Police on March 17 after an encounter with the 25-year-old suffering from mental illness, claims new evidence shows that at least one other officer shot at his son.

David Phillips made the accusation at a news conference at the AME church in Chico, Monday morning.

He said that he is confident that an ongoing investigation conducted by the state attorney general's office will show that the shooting was unwarranted and is seeking capital murder charges against all of the officers, including Jeremy Gagnebin and Alex Fliehr, who investigators confirm fired 16 rounds at Phillips after the report said he charged toward them with a sharp instrument.

"I am very confident and I have no doubt that they will be brought up on charges and held accountable," said Mr. Phillips.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, who led the investigation, told KRCR that "nothing has changed" regarding the investigation and that the only shots fired were by Gagnebin and Fliehr.

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