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Community efforts to help Rancho Tehama children in need this holiday

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RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has released it's findings into the investigation of the shooting death of 44-year-old Kevin Neal. Investigators have found that the bullet that ended Neal's life was his own.

A final press release from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office states that on November 14, 2017, one bullet matching the firearm in Kevin Neal's possession was found in his head. An autopsy revealed that was the bullet that took his life.

Two law enforcement officers who were involved in the shooting are identified as a deputy from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office and a police officer from the Corning Police Department. Neither was injured.

Assistant Sheriff, Phil Johnston, confirmed that Neal took his own life at the end of a stand-off with officers. He also told KRCR that there were no 9-1-1 calls reported the night before the shooting, regarding shots fired at Neal's residence.

According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office's investigation, Kevin Neal did not have any record of domestic violence and their were zero records of him seeking help for mental illness.

Community members, including one great-grandmother says the small town is still shaken by Neal's rampage.

"I feel like we still need help. A lot of the babies that I see around town are afraid now," Josephine Anderson said, as she prepared to take her grandson to pre-school in Corning.

She said each child in Rancho Tehama is in need, especially with Christmas coming.

"If anyone deserves it I think it's the kids. We need some help. We need some gifts for the kids to give out for Christmas. You know a lot of the families can't afford it," Anderson explained.

Toys for Tots came and donated at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School but other parents in town say this is only a small majority of the children who need gifts.

If you'd like to donate, the Rancho Tehama Community Association is asking for new, unwrapped toys for ages 0-16 by December 23rd. They are located at 17202 Stagecoach Road in Rancho Tehama. You can contact them at (530) 585-3333.

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