OIS of 36 yr Joseph Lloyd Thompson while carrying a pellet AR-15 gun. Red Bluff PD, California, USA



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Red Bluff police on Monday released footage of officers shooting a man holding a pellet gun that they say looked like a real rifle.

Joseph Lloyd Thompson, 36, was shot in the upper body at least once by police on Oct. 20, according to Red Bluff Police Chief Kyle Sanders. He said Thompson is still recovering, and no officers involved in the shooting were injured.

The incident began around 3:15 p.m. when dispatchers received 911 calls about a man walking around Gilmore Road with what appeared to be an “assault-type rifle.”

Officers arrived and confronted Thompson. According to a news release from police, Thompson faced them and pointed his gun at the officers. In the body-worn camera footage released by police, Thompson is obscured and too far away from the camera to be seen clearly when police start shooting.

Video shows Thompson about 50 feet away from the camera. In the seconds before the shooting starts, one person is heard yelling “Put it down!” while another shouts “Come here; let’s talk!”

Cpl. Stephen Harper is then heard firing four rounds at Thompson, who goes down.

Ten seconds later, a car pulls out of a driveway between the officers and Thompson. As the car rolls past police, another officer, Sgt. Kevin Bowen, shoots six shots at Thompson. In the video posted by RBPD, a narrator says Thompson had raised his weapon a second time.

Police also released a photo of the pellet gun Thompson had and compared it to an authentic AR-15, calling it “virtually indistinguishable.” Police said Thompson’s was a Sig Sauer MP .177 Pellet Rifle.

The body-worn camera footage in the video comes from Bowen and an officer identified only as Officer Dever (presumably officer Jike Dever).

The video includes no footage from Harper’s body-worn camera. The narrator said Harper’s camera was not activated during the incident.

Red Bluff police compare the looks of an AR-15 rifle with a pellet rifle that led to officers shooting a man on Oct. 20, 2020.
The video also includes audio from 911 calls before the shooting, as police began to respond.

It shows Bowen interviewing a man near the scene before police found Thompson. When Bowen asks the man — whose face is blurred in the video — about the report of someone with a gun, the man responds: “He’s Joe (inaudible). It’s his airsoft gun.”

Bowen then asks some nearby children about the gun, who say it looks real. About a minute later, Harper reported seeing the man with “something in his hands” and then says “subject armed” over dispatch before the shooting takes place.

At the end of the video, Chief Sanders said it’s still early in the investigation process and there is much to learn. He said it is not known what Thompson’s intentions were or why he pointed his pellet gun at officers.

Harper has 16 years of law enforcement experience and Bowen has eight, according to a police news release.

Per standard protocol for police-involved shootings, the officers who fired their guns will be placed on paid administrative leave, according to the release.

The Tehama County District Attorney’s office is handling the independent external investigation into the police shooting.

Harper was involved in another shooting in 2019 when he fatally shot Henry William Lane, 42, of Red Bluff. Lane had swung a large stick at Harper, according to officials. The incident was captured by body-worn cameras. The Tehama County DA said the shooting of Lane was legally justified.

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