911 call & bodycam footage of Red Bluff officer-involved shooting released
RED BLUFF, Calif., — Red Bluff Police Department today released a critical incident review of a domestic violence/stalking investigation that resulted in an officer-involved shooting in a residential neighborhood last month. In today’s release, Red Bluff Police Lieutenant Matt Hansen explained that a shotgun-wielding man had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment to confront her and her new boyfriend after calling off sick from work for the day.
The review, which included portions of audio from the stalking victim’s 911 call, as well as body-worn camera footage obtained from the involved officer, showed that the shooting occurred mere seconds after the officer and a sergeant arrived at the scene. The released footage, which can be viewed below, also showed that the suspect, who was struck by the officer’s gunfire, had just fired a shotgun into his ex-girlfriend’s home when the officer opened fire on him.
The critical incident review also named Red Bluff Police Officer Jeffrey Mayberry as the official whose gunfire felled the shotgun-wielding suspect and included a public service announcement about domestic violence from Empower Tehama, with information on how to avoid such conflicts and who to call for help if being victimized by domestic violence and stalking.
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As reported by SCNS at the time, City of Red Bluff police officers were first dispatched to an apartment in the 1400 block of Madison Street, between Monroe and Grant Streets, around 4:51 a.m. on Jan. 12, after receiving the report of a domestic violence-related disturbance.
The woman who called 911, whose name has not been released, reported that her ex-boyfriend was outside her residence and banging on her windows and doors, Red Bluff Police Chief Kyle Sanders said the day of the shooting.
Officers who responded to the call were unable to locate the man, since identified as Carlos Villalobos, 28, of Red Bluff, or anyone else outside the residence at the time, according to the Chief.
An officer’s bodycam footage released in a critical incident review today showed a shotgun-wielding man firing his weapon into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment before being taken down moments later by the responding officer’s gunfire. Red Bluff PD image
Several hours later, at around 7:40 a.m., Red Bluff PD emergency dispatchers received a second 911 call from the woman, reporting that Villalobos was back at the residence and causing another disturbance. In released audio of that 911 call, Villalobos can be heard banging on the victim’s windows and door, before he and the victim’s current boyfriend began arguing loudly.
In the audio, the two men can be heard engaging in an angry confrontation, with the victim’s boyfriend heard yelling “Put that gun down and get the fuck out of here!” The victim can then be heard crying out, “Oh God! Please just hurry,” at which time the phone line went dead.
Hansen went on to explain that an officer and sergeant arrived at the scene within minutes and bodycam footage that was released today showed the exact moment Villalobos fired his shotgun into the victim’s apartment, followed by the officer’s gunfire that took him down.
The released bodycam footage also showed that Villalobos fired his shotgun into the residence just four seconds after Officer Mayberry exited his patrol vehicle.
Hearing and witnessing the shooting, Mayberry can be seen engaging Villalobos, who can still be seen holding the shotgun on the officer’s body cam, from the roadway – about 30 to 50 feet away from the still-armed suspect.
Mayberry is then heard yelling, “Put the gun down,” before firing his duty weapon five times.
At the time, it was reported that Villalobos was struck by at least two of the officer’s discharged rounds and that he was subsequently taken into custody without incident.
He was transported by ground ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. After being released from the hospital two days later, he was booked into Tehama County Jail on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, stalking, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Online jail records indicate Villalobos remains in custody within the jail’s medical ward, and that he is being held without bail. Tehama County Jail booking photo
No other injuries were reported as a result of the shooting, and the investigation, which is being led by the Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation, is active and ongoing.
Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131. Callers can refer to incident file number 133896 and can remain anonymous.
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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.)
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