UPDATE: Man killed in deputy-involved shooting in parking lot of Gold County Casino
The man shot in a deputy-involved shooting Tuesday morning has died from his injuries.
The 34-year-old man was shot just after 7 a.m. outside Gold Country Casino in Oroville.
The incident happened at 7:05 a.m. in the casino parking lot on Olive Highway.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed that two deputies were involved in the incident.
The victim was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. His name was not released, pending notification of his family.
An overnight security guard said he had received a call to check on a man sleeping in a Nissan truck in the parking lot. Another person reported the man in the truck may have a gun.
“We went out to do a welfare check on him and we had another customer call before we went out and told us he was sleeping in his car and he was doing drugs out in the parking lot,” said Troy Tate, the unarmed security guard who called 911.
Security guards called the sheriff's office and deputies responded. After deputies arrived, there were at least two gunshots fired. The man was injured and was seen bleeding before he was taken to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead.
“Everyone was running. They didn't know where to go. It was like a bomb went off or something,” said Troy Tate, the unarmed security guard who called 911. “We were pretty scared. We've had some weird times out here but we never seen anyone use live fire out here to the point where the officers or us were in danger.”
“This is an investigation that will take a little time and there's video to be reviewed," said Butte County Sheriff Jerry Smith. "The statements from the officers need to be taken and witnesses need to be interviewed. So this is going to take awhile before we sort it out,” said Smith.
In order to get a better picture of what happened, investigators are using lasers and high tech cameras to create a virtual video of what happened.
“It's very good technology. It will help the district attorney draw his conclusion in terms of the layout of the crime scene,” said Smith.
As for Tate, he says if it wasn't for that customer telling him the man in the truck was armed things could have been much worse.
“If we would have gone out there, he would have pulled it on us and we might have been shot,” said Tate.
Neither deputy was hurt in the shooting but both were put on administrative leave.
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