A Red Bluff police officer who shot and killed a man yielding a large stick and reportedly threatening officers is on paid administrative leave as the investigation into the incident continues, said Red Bluff police Chief Kyle Sanders.
Red Bluff police contacted Henry Lane, 42, of Red Bluff who was reportedly carrying a large stick on Antelope Boulevard east of Rio Street around 12:20 a.m., Saturday, April 14.
Officers repeatedly told Lane to drop the stick, but he refused to do so and began to walk away, said the Red Bluff Police Department.
The officers used a taser and bean bag rounds in an attempt to stop Lane and take him into custody, however, these tactics failed and Lane came toward the police with the stick raised, reportedly in an attempt to strike the officers.
In response to the alleged threat, police Corporal Stephen Harper, a 15-year law enforcement veteran, fired one round from his service pistol striking Lane in the upper torso, Sanders said.
Officers began life saving measures until paramedics arrive. Lane was transported to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police information.
Sanders said none of the officers involved in the incident were physically injured.
The Tehama County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations is handling the independent external investigation of the fatal incident, and the Red Bluff Police Department is conducting an internal affairs investigation as is standard protocol for such circumstance, Sanders said.
Harper has been with the Red Bluff Police Department for three and a half years.
In an interview with Action News Now, KHSL, KNVN of Chico-Redding, Lane’s ex-wife, Myra Taylor, said Lane suffered from mental illness.