Suspect in Redding officer-involved shooting identified as transient with criminal history


    January 2019 mugshot of Phayvanh Inthavong. Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

    The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has identified the man who was shot and killed by Redding police Monday afternoon as Phayvanh Inthavong, 32, a transient in Redding.

    Officials say Inthavong has prior convictions for resisting arrest in 2010, assault with a deadly weapon in 2011, possession of drug paraphernalia in 2014, and sexual battery in 2019.

    Inthavong pled no contest to the sexual battery charge and was time served on February 6, 2019 after serving his 30 day sentence with credits.

    Deputies said the incident started Monday afternoon around 3:07 p.m. when the Redding Police Department received a call about a man with a baby stroller and a handgun in the area of Churn Creek Road and Denton Way.

    Several officers responded to the scene and said once Inthavong saw them, he began running eastbound in the area of Arizona Street.

    Police say as Inthavong was running through a green belt north of Arizona Street, he passed by two children, ages 4 and 5, who were playing in the area. Inthavong grabbed one of the children by the shoulder and when confronted by the child's father, he released the child.

    Inthavong then entered an occupied home on Arizona Street as officers continued to chase him.

    Once inside the home, officials say Inthavong got into a fight with at least four people inside the home as officers arrived on scene and surrounded the home.

    Officials say at one point Inthavong grabbed a 12-year-old boy and it appeared to the other people in the home that he was using the boy as a shield.

    All the people inside the home were able to escape without serious injury.

    Officers could see Inthavong through a window and could see that he was armed with a small caliber handgun as he paced back and forth inside. After repeated announcements from officers, Inthavong came out of the home through a window.

    Inthavong began running and while trying to get over a fence, pointed the handgun at an officer nearby. At this point, multiple officers fired their weapons, shooting and killing Inthavong.

    Inthavong's handgun was found on scene and the make, model, and caliber is under further examination by crime scene personnel.

    Officials say it was determined there was never a child in the stroller or with Inthavong during the incident.




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