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One person dead after officer-involved shooting in Redding

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REDDING, Calif. - The man who died after exchanging gunfire with Redding police Friday morning has been identified.

According to the Redding Police Department, Vernchoy Saechao, 22, was shot and killed by police while he was trying to run away officers.

The incident took place shortly after 2 a.m. when officers were sent to 2604 Wilson Avenue, Apt. #3, after a woman called to say that she was slapped by her live-in boyfriend.

When officers arrived they spoke to the victim in the parking area near the apartments. The victim said that Saechao was believed to be inside the apartment. She told officers Saechao had been drinking throughout the evening and was stabbing the walls inside the apartment with a knife. During the domestic violence incident, other family members were present, including three young children.

After speaking with the victim, two of the three officers present went into the apartment, while one remained outside. As the two officers were inside trying to find Saechao, they heard noises behind them coming from the area of a sliding door that led to an enclosed porch near the front door. The officer from outside alerted the two inside officers that a subject believed to be Saechao was running away.

Officers said that Saechao ran away while firing multiple rounds in their direction. The officer posted outside returned fire, firing multiple rounds and subsequently hitting Saechao.

Officers began CPR and lifesaving efforts. When Emergency Medical Personnel arrived they continued their lifesaving efforts, however, Saechao died from his injuries at the scene.

None of the involved officers and no citizens were injured during the shooting.

The Shasta County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and assisting agencies responded to assist. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the officer-involved shooting investigation. Officers with CHP MAIT team assisted with the crime scene investigation.

During the initial crime scene investigation, a Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun was found next to Saechao. The magazine inside the Glock 22 was a high capacity magazine capable of holding 22 rounds. Two additional high capacity magazines capable of holding 15 rounds each were found with Saechao. Expended shell casings were found in the area of Saechao that were a similar brand to the live rounds found in the Glock 22 handgun possessed by Saechao.

According to officials, all three officers were placed on administrative leave, which is the protocol after an officer-involved shooting.

If anyone has information they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135 or mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

Saechao does not have a criminal record in Shasta County. Neighbors also said they haven't heard anything before this incident that raised red flags.

The Executive Director of One Safe Place, Angela Jones, said domestic violence is not always easy to spot and it's not always reported.

"You know, domestic violence is very under-reported. Only about 25 percent of victims actually report to law enforcement when something happens but if you're someone in a relationship there are some signs that you can watch out for that indicate a higher risk," said Jones.

She recommends people come by or call One Safe Place if you have any fear that an incident may happen or already has. They will set you up with a "personalized safety plan".

She also said to call police when you hear fighting from your neighbors' homes.

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