OROVILLE, Calif. - New details have been released about the man fatally shot Monday morning in the parking lot of the Gold Country Casino in Oroville.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Sengaroune Silaphanhdeth, a fugitive from Sioux Falls, South Dakota was the one who was fatally shot.
A Gold Country Casino security reported the man had been in a truck in the parking lot and had a gun. Veteran deputy Jason Piazza and Jeff McNulty were the ones who found the man in his truck.
Piazza was the one shot him during a struggle after they say the suspect reached for a .357 Magnum on his front seat.
The sheriff's office wouldn't say how many shots were fired but witnesses say there were two; and we're told the man was a wanted fugitive by U.S. Marshals. Reports show that methamphetamine was found in his car.
"I don't have the details of why he was on probation or as far as the details of the case go but I just know he was on federal probation and he been absconding since the beginning of the year," said Sergeant Jason Hail.
Detectives are still working to find out why Silaphanhdeth was in Butte County. Both the deputies tried to save the man's life but he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The shooting is still under investigation and deputies tell us new details should be released next week.
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