On 3/24/19, at 10:32 pm, a uniformed officer with the Chico Police Department on-viewed a shoplift-in-progress at the AM/PM mini market at 110 W. 9th Street in downtown Chico.
The officer immediately recognized the suspect as 41 year-old Billy Faga, a homeless Chico resident. When the officer approached Faga and told him to stop, Faga charged at the officer.
The officer deployed a Taser but it was ineffective. Faga swung at the officer several times, striking him once on the head. U
ndeterred, the officer successfully got Faga on the ground after a short, but violent, struggle. Assisting officers arrived and Faga was physically detained.