Armed Paradise Standoff Ends in Arrest

Armed Paradise Standoff Ends in Arrest

By Eli Stillman, (View original article)

Paradise >> An armed Paradise man was arrested at gunpoint after a three-hour standoff with Paradise police and Butte County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday evening.

According to a press release, the Paradise Police Department responded to a call of a possible shooting on the 1200 block of Wagstaff. Upon arrival officers found 39-year-old Basilio “Tony” Bagorio outside of the residence carrying a rifle.

Bagorio was allegedly pacing the property and demanding that officers shoot him. PPD reported the Butte County Sheriff’s Office was immediately contacted for support and a crisis intervention team attempted to persuade Bagorio to put the gun down.

Multiple times throughout the situation, Bagorio reportedly aimed the rifle at officers and deputies and according to the release “fired at least one round from the rifle in an effort to provoke a lethal response from the law enforcement officers on scene.”

Nonlethal bean bags were shot at Bagorio and hit him five times, but had no effect, Paradise police said.

After being hit by the bean bags, Bagorio then pointed the rifle at a sheriff’s deputy who fired one round at the suspect but did not hit him.

After nearly three hours, Bagorio decided to surrender and drop his weapon.

Bagorio was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and later booked into Butte County Jail on charges of assault with a firearm on a peace officer and intentional discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.


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