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Officers Shoot Man With Air Rifle In Red Bluff

Red Bluff police shot a man Tuesday afternoon when he brandished what turned out to be an air rifle. Several 9-1-1 callers had reported seeing a man walking down Gilmore Road carrying what was described as an automatic rifle. Three officers responded and spotted the man with what they thought was a tactical style rifle. He at first avoided the officers by ducking into a stranger’s home, but he then came back out and continued down the street until he was confronted by two of the officers. He apparently faced them and pointed the gun at them. Both officers fired several rounds at the man and missed. When the man raised the gun again, the officers fired their sidearms again and at least one shot struck him. The 36-year-old man was transported to a hospital by ambulance, and then flown to a different hospital where he was listed in stable condition. His gun was an air rifle designed to look like a serious weapon. The officers are on paid administrative leave.