A man who lost his life in the area of the Camp Fire succumbed not to flames but to bullet wounds. An "armed and dangerous wanted parolee" led police on a high-speed chase Thursday and was ultimately shot and killed, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, per the Washington Post. An officer responding to a report of a car parked for three days in a store lot in Butte County's evacuation zone had called for backup after finding the vehicle registered to the 48-year-old felon asleep in the driver's seat. Described as a suspect in a 2014 double homicide, the man was sentenced in 2016 to seven years in prison after police found a pipe bomb on his property. Paroled this past May, he stopped reporting to his parole officer after two months.
"You guys should have left me alone. I'm not going back," the man said after officers woke him, according to Ramsey. He then sped off down Highway 70 at 90mph before officers stopped his vehicle with spike strips. As a police dog was released, Ramsey says the man pulled a metallic object from his pocket and pointed it at officers, six of whom opened fire. The subject—whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin—died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso, per the San Francisco Chronicle. The Redding Record Searchlight reports he was actually unarmed; it isn't clear what item was in his hand. The police K9 and a pit bull that had emerged from the subject's car to attack the dog were also killed. (More than 600 people are unaccounted for in the region, where police have also been hit hard.)