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Redding Police Conducting Murder-Suicide Investigation

News Release

August 4th, 2020         12:30 P.M.


On August 4th, 2020, at 2:18 a.m., officers with the Redding Police Department responded to a call for service at a home in the 1600 block of Spanish Bay Drive regarding a welfare check of the husband and wife tenants.  A family member of the couple called Shascom stating they received a voicemail from the husband advising he had killed his wife and was going to end his own life.

Officers arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with the husband at the front door.  The husband was uncooperative, had armed himself with a knife, and made statements he wanted to die.  While some officers were negotiating with the husband, other officers went to the rear of the home and began looking through the windows in an attempt to locate the wife.  While doing so, they observed her unconscious on the living room floor.  Officers quickly made entry into the home to render her medical attention but discovered she was deceased and had obvious signs of trauma.  The husband then saw the officers inside the home and began advancing towards them while stabbing himself with the knife.  Officers utilized a taser which stopped the husband from stabbing himself and allowed officers to detain him at which point they began providing medical attention.  An ambulance was summoned to the scene which transported the husband to Mercy Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.  Inside the home officers located hand written notes from the husband confessing to killing his wife.  Due to the complex crime scene, the Redding Police Department requested assistance from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County District Attorney Investigators and the Anderson Police Department.

The Redding Police Department was familiar with the couple due to numerous calls for service at the Spanish Bay Drive home.  Since 2018, officers responded to the residence 9 times, 3 of which ended with the husband being arrested for domestic violence related crimes.  During each of his arrests, the wife was offered resources for domestic violence victims.  At the time of his death, the husband was still awaiting his next court proceedings for the domestic violence charges.

The identities of the husband and wife are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  Additionally, the exact cause of death for both of them are unknown at this time and autopsy’s will be conducted in the near future.  This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Redding Police Departments Investigations Division at 530.225.4200.

Sgt. Danny Smetak

Redding Police Department