Names released of officers involved in shooting of 19-year-old Breanne Sharpe

POSTED: 4:34 PM Sep 30 2013
Officer-involved shooting investigation underway in Chico
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico police released the names of the five officers involved in the shooting of 19-year-old Breanne Michelle Sharpe on Sept. 22.

The officers have been identified as Sgt. Scott Zuschin, Officer Damon Selland, Officer Jared Cumber, Officer David Quigley and Officer Nick Vega.

On Sept. 22 at around 2:00 a.m., officers responded to the 800-block of Coit Tower Way on reports that a subject was attempting to enter parked vehicles.

According to Chico police, when they arrived, officers saw a dark-colored Honda Coupe leaving the area. Believing that the car could be stolen, officers attempted to stop it, but the driver, who was later identified as Breanne Sharpe, kept going westbound on East 8th Street.

Police say Sharpe eventually turned onto Alpine St. and into an apartment complex on Vista Verde Avenue, struck a curb line, stopped, then continued westbound through the complex. The car then exited the complex, and eventually crashed into a utility pole after traveling eastbound on East 8th St.

At that point, according to investigators, a Chico police officer was positioned outside his vehicle and behind the Honda, when the Honda accelerated rapidly in reverse, directly towards the officer.

That officer responded by firing at Sharpe, who then drove forward and made a sweeping U-turn in a westbound direction, according to Lt. Mike O'Brien.

Investigators say Sharpe continued westbound onto a sidewalk, severing a small tree, and striking the side of a patrol car where an officer was positioned, before proceeding even further westbound and striking another patrol car where another officer was positioned. Both officers were outside their vehicles.

As the suspect accelerated towards these officers, several officers fired shots until Sharpe's vehicle came to a stop, police said.

Officers then approached the vehicle, removed Sharpe, discovered she had been hit twice, and tried to save her, but she later died at Enloe Medical Center.

A total of five officers fired shots, and all are on paid administrative leave, which is standard.

The suspect had prior offenses for vehicle theft and evading officers, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

The Honda was, in fact, stolen, according to Chico police.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said that Sharpe, who has Shasta County ties, had already been convicted and sentenced in April for car theft and evading.

Sharpe was 18 years old when she led Butte County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase in a stolen VW Jetta through the Magalia area, accompanied by a passenger, 20-year-old David Milliron. She was given three years of felony probation, but failed to appear for her probation officer.

A warrant for her probation violation was issued on July 25.

Also, in 2011, Sharpe was listed as a missing person by Redding Police after she reportedly ran away from a group home.

Agencies involved in the investigation include: the Butte County District Attorney's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Probation Department, Paradise Police Department, California State Parks, Chico State Police Department, Gridley Police Department, Chico Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and California Bureau of Forensic Services.