Name and condition of suspect in officer-involved shooting released

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has released the name and condition of the man shot by police in an officer-involved shooting that took place across the street from Buckeye School of the Arts in Redding on Wednesday.

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 at 3499 Hiatt Drive. The man was spotted hiding behind a dumpster and carrying a baseball bat.

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 located at 3440 Hiatt Drive where he was confronted by officers. Nicholson was allegedly 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 and is expected to survive.

Nicholson is in law enforcement custody at the hospital. Charges will be filed against Nicholson by the Sheriff’s Office 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.

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