REDDING, Calif. - Authorities have not released the name of a man shot and killed by Redding Police Thursday.
Redding Police said was he was an armed and dangerous felon. Officers were serving an arrest warrant Thursday afternoon. When they arrived at the home where they believed the man was staying, he fled on foot.
Several officers were chasing the man on foot down Veda Street around 12:45 p.m. The suspect turned northbound onto South Market and into a parking lot, just north of the RABA property.
As officers chased him down, several witnesses said the man pulled out a gun and shot at police. Three officers reportedly returned fire on South Market Street, killing him
Thursday night, mourners organized a candlelight vigil to remember the man. The Shasta County Coroner's Office has yet to release the man's identity. Mourners who gathered at the scene said the suspect was 41-year-old Kenny Ray Wilson.
People who were close to Wilson say he was a good man and his death was unnecessary.
This is the second time Redding Police shot and killed a man on South Market Street this year. The first shooting happened back in March during a traffic stop.
Officer Rebecca Zufall pulled over the car of suspect Jose Venavides. When Officer Russ Veilleaux arrived he got into a scuffle with Venavides. They were on the ground wrestling for Venavides' gun when it went off. The bullet lodged in the officer's forearm.
Officer Zufall said Venavides pointed the gun at her head and she shot him from close range. Venavides died at the scene. After an investigation, the shooting was eventually ruled justified by Shasta Sheriff Tom Bosenko.