On November 15, 2018 while local law enforcement and their mutual aid partners were patrolling the evacuated areas of the Camp Fire, a citizen contacted a deputy with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and expressed concern about a suspicious person who had been parked several days in the parking lot of the evacuated Pines Yankee Hill Hardware Store.
The deputy suspected it contained a locally well-known double-homicide suspect and parole absconder by the name of GD Hendrix, 48, of Berry Creek.
Local authorities had been searching for Hendrix for months to bring him back into custody.
The deputy gathered other law enforcement officers who had been patrolling in the Concow area and attempted to take Hendrix into custody.
Hendrix however drove off in his car south on Highway 70 after crashing through other parked vehicles.
A high-speed pursuit ensued with many other deputies, wardens and officers joining in.
The pursuit came to an end approximately eight miles later after Hendrix’s car’s tires had been successfully spiked by intervening officers.
Hendrix got out of his car and feigned a firearm in his right hand and was shot at by five officers. He died at the scene from gunshot wounds.
Also as a result of that gunfire, Sutter County Sheriff’s Office K9 “Bandit” also died at the scene while performing his duties in attempting to bring Hendrix into custody.
A pit bull dog who came out of Hendrix’s car and attacked the wounded and dying K9 Bandit was also shot and killed by officers on scene.