REDDING, Calif. - A mentally ill man was sent to the hospital Saturday night after he was shot twice by a deputy. He has since been identified as 58-year-old Bounkeuth Sengphachanh.
According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a disturbance call just before 7:00 p.m. at the 8900 block of Christopher Lane regarding a mentally ill man.
When investigators arrived, they said the man was uncooperative and was armed with a knife. One of the deputies used a Taser on the man, however, that was ineffective. The man lunged and tried to stab the deputy when he was shot. Officials said at least two shots were fired and several neighbors in the area said they heard multiple gunshots.
The man was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of two non-life threatening gunshot wounds. His name has not yet been released. The deputy involved was not hurt, but has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Nick Lynch, a neighbor who lives down the street from the home said,
"This is a family neighborhood, we never really have any problems. It's pretty nice, a lot of kids are always riding their bikes up and down here. Nothing out of the normal. It's a complete surprise. I wouldn't expect this."
"It's a complete surprise. I wouldn't expect this." - Nick Lynch, Neighbor
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Redding Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Shasta County District Attorney's Office all responded to the incident. The Redding Police Department is the lead investigating agency and the Shasta County District Attorney's Office is assisting.