Seen shooting into ex-girlfriend’s Red Bluff home, shotgun-wielding man shot by responding officer

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say a shotgun-wielding man who was seen actively shooting into his ex-girlfriend’s Red Bluff residence was shot by an officer who responded to reports of a disturbance early this morning, Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The alleged gunman was hospitalized and faces attempted homicide and shooting into an occupied dwelling charges related to the shooting, which happened in the 1400 block of Madison Street, between Monroe and Grant Streets, according to officials.


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City of Red Bluff police officers were first dispatched to the home around 4:51 a.m. after a woman called 911 and reported that her ex-boyfriend, since identified as Carlos Villalobos, 28, of Red Bluff, was outside her residence and causing a disturbance, Red Bluff Police Chief Kyle Sanders said of the shooting and ongoing investigation this morning.

Officers who responded to the call were unable to locate Villalobos or anyone else outside the residence at the time.

Several hours later, at 7:30 a.m., Red Bluff PD emergency dispatchers received a second 911 call from the woman, reporting that Villalobos was back at the residence and was banging on her door.

An officer who responded to the call arrived in the area within minutes and saw Villalobos armed with a shotgun, Sanders went on to explain; saying, “The officer engaged Villalobos, firing several rounds from his duty weapon.”

Villalobos was struck by at least two rounds and was transported by ground ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Chief, who said no other injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.

“During the preliminary investigation it was learned that the officer shot at Villalobos at about the same time Villalobos was shooting through the front window of his ex-girlfriend’s home,” Sanders went on to explain. “Preliminarily, it appears Villalobos may have been shooting at either his ex-girlfriend or another person within the residence.”

The involved officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents.

The Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation was requested to conduct the independent external investigation of the officer’s actions, and the Red Bluff Police Department is also conducting an internal affairs investigation as is standard protocol in these types of incidents.


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The investigation is continuing, and Sanders said that additional information may be released in the coming days.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

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