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Officer Involved Shooting Update

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June 3, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Case #20R034421

Officer Involved Shooting Update


On June 2, 2020, at approximately 10:39 hours, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 22283 Adobe Road in Cottonwood, California in regards to a female calling 9-1-1 asking for help.

When deputies arrived, they contacted the female who reported being threatened with a firearm by a male identified as Robert Lyon, 65 years of Cottonwood.  Lyon also resides at this residence.  Deputies learned Lyon was still inside the residence, so they began making numerous PA announcements from the driveway.  Lyon exited the residence armed with a loaded shotgun.  He refused several commands given by the deputies to comply.  One deputy was forced to fire several rounds from his department issued patrol rifle towards Lyon, striking him.

Deputies on scene began rendering medical aid and additional medical personnel also arrived on scene to assist.  Lyon was pronounced deceased at the scene.

During the initial course of the investigation, officers and deputies learned Lyon had fired the shotgun earlier in the morning into a vehicle of that was leaving his residence.  This shooting was not reported to authorities earlier in the day.  Neighbors in the area reported hearing multiple gun shots coming from the area of Lyon’s property within the previous 24 hours.  These reports were also not reported to authorities.

The Shasta County Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated.  The Redding Police Department Investigations Division took over the investigation with assistance of the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.  The investigation is active and ongoing.  No further information will be released at this time.

An autopsy on Lyon will be conducted in the near future.  Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Redding Police Department Investigations Division at 530-225-4200.


Contact: Lt. Levi Solada

Redding Police Department


Reviewed: Sgt. Smetak