50-year-old Sergeant Scott Ruppel, whose firearm discharged twice striking the suspect in the fatal incident, is on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated. 38-year-old Cedric Schwyzer is expected to return to duty after he receives medical clearance.
Both Rupple and Schwyzer were injured Sunday night after contacting the suspect who was reportedly held up in the bathroom of the Mid Valley Title and Escrow on Main Street. This after the suspect was reportedly shot in the chest by a security guard after he was allegedly stabbed by the suspect.
Doctors say weapon used to stab Sergeant Ruppel narrowly missed the carotid artery in his neck. Officer Cedric received a stab wound to his head injuring his skull and according to police, he received numerous stitches to treat his wounds. According to a Chico Police Department Press Release, the still unidentified suspect succumbed to his gun shot wounds.
The case is under investigation by the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team with the Butte County District Attorney's Office.