Man recovering after being shot by Redding Police near school
Redding, Calif. —
The man who was shot by police while they said he was wielding a bat at officers across the street from Buckeye School of the Arts in Redding is recovering.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Redding Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious man on the campus of Buckeye School of the Arts on Wednesday, February 7. When officers arrived, shortly after the initial call, they found the suspicious man. The man, later identified as Levi Strauss Nicholson (Grigalba), 38, of Redding, ran from police once he saw their vehicles.
Nicholson then ran into the backyard of a home across the street from the school where he was confronted by officers. Officers said Nicholson was holding a baseball bat over his head and acting aggressive towards officers.
Officials said that Nicholson refused to comply their commands and started to advance at the officers while still holding the bat up in a position to use as a deadly weapon against the officers. The two officers, in fear for their safety, fired their handguns at Nicholson striking him multiple times.
After being shot, officers reported that Nicholson continued to be uncooperative with officer's commands to reveal his hands that were underneath his body. An RPD K-9 was deployed and with the assistance of other officers as well as two SCSO deputies, he was placed in handcuffs before being given first aid.
Nicholson was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for his injuries. On Monday, Nicholson's family was able to visit him in the Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Medical Center for the first time since the shooting.
Nicholson is in law enforcement custody at the hospital so photos or videos are not permitted. Nicholson's wife sent KRCR News Channel 7 photographs of Nicholson and his children in happier times.
According to her reports, Nicholson is recovering well even though his throat hurts and he was pretty sedated when the family saw him.
Charges will be filed against Nicholson for assault with a deadly weapon on a Peace Officer and brandishing a deadly weapon. Nicholson will be booked into the Shasta County Jail once he is released from the hospital.
The two Redding police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is still collecting statements from officers who were involved.