Rancho Tehama shooter killed himself after gunfight with officers


RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office released their final press on the Rancho Tehama Reserve mass shooting that took place in mid-November.

According to the report, Kevin Neal, 44, acted alone in his actions. At the end of the incident, two law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with Neal before he ultimately turned his gun on himself.

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

According to officials, the Corning officer chased the shooter's vehicle after witnessing Neal firing at a truck. The officer rammed the rear of Neal's vehicle, forcing it off the road. It was reported that the shooter immediately started firing rounds at the officer.

The officer's vehicle was struck five times. During this exchange, the deputy arrived and his patrol vehicle was struck three times by Neal's gunfire. Both officers returned fire.

An autopsy was performed on Nov. 15. The evidence concluded that the shooter died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Both officers have returned to work at their perspective agencies.

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