Officers Fatally Shoot Murder Suspect in Camp Fire Evacuation Zone

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UPDATE: The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has released dashcam video of this shooting.

BUTTE COUNTY -- The Butte County Sheriff's Office is at the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in the Camp Fire evacuation zone in Butte County.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, a local called over a sheriff's sergeant to check on a man sleeping in a car in the Pines Yankee Hill Hardware store parking lot, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. According to the citizen, the man had been acting suspiciously for the past three days. It appeared he had been living in his sedan.

Several agencies responded after the sergeant discovered the man was wanted in connection to a double-homicide from December 2014. The suspect was later identified as 48-year-old GD Hendrix, a parolee from Berry Creek.

When an officer knocked on the Hendrix's window, he jammed his hand in his jacket pocket, according to Ramsey.

As they told him to get out of the car he yelled out twice, "You guys should have left me alone," and then said, "I'm not going back." Officers also say they heard a "metallic click consistent with perhaps the racking of a gun," Ramsey said.

Hendrix reversed the car, driving back toward the officers, then crashed his sedan into another nearby car before speeding off. Police chased him south on Highway 70 as he drove at speeds over 90 mph.

At Cherokee Road, officers laid down spike strips, stopping the suspect's car near Pentz Road.

Officers were able to get Hendrix to leave his car but his hand was still in his jacket pocket.

When Sutter County K9 Bandit was released, the suspect pointed a metal object at officers. Six officers opened fire, hitting Hendrix, according to Ramsey.

Investigators say GD Hendrix was holding this pipe when he was fatally shot in Butte County. (Courtesy: Butte County Sheriff's Office)

The suspect died at the scene. His identity will be released once his family is notified.

At one point a pit bull jumped out of the man's car, attacking K9 Bandit, who had been hit by the officers' gunfire. Ramsey says an officer shot the pit bull, hoping to save Bandit, but the K9 died.

Ramsey reports Highway 70 will be closed throughout Thursday night as a bomb squad investigates a pipe found on Hendrix.

In 2014, a search warrant served at the suspect's home revealed Hendrix had a shotgun, handgun and a pipe bomb. He was arrested at a Canyon Creek store, where he had an AK-47, pistol, revolver, dagger and brass knuckles under his jacket.

Ramsey reports Hendrix was released from prison and paroled in May 2018 and two months later went missing. Since then, he had been sought by investigators.

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