Hire Date: 11/4/2002 Last Day of Service: August 22, 2020 Date of Birth: October 18, 1968
Undersheriff Charles Blackburn and Deputy John Talley drowned when their patrol car was overtaken by water when a levee on the Feather River broke. The two were driving to warn residents of the break when they were killed. Undersheriff Blackburn had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
Deputy Talley and Undersheriff Charles Blackburn drowned when their patrol car was overtaken by water when a levee on the Feather River broke. The two were driving to warn residents of the break when they were killed. Deputy Talley was survived by his mother, five sisters, and three brothers.
Sheriff Kimerer was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 99E at 2115 in Tehama County while returning from an investigation. The rear tire on his vehicle blew out, causing the vehicle to go out of control and overturn. Sheriff Kimerer suffered severe head injuries and died within 15 minutes of the accident. His secretary was slightly injured. Sheriff Kimerer had been Sheriff for just over three years and was survived by his wife, two daughters, sister, and two brothers.
K9 Bandit was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a double murder suspect in Butte County. Officers had been alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the Camp Fire evacuation zone and learned that the vehicle was connected to a parolee wanted for a double murder. When responding officers tapped on the window to wake the man up he made furtive movements towards a weapon in his jacket, causing the officers to seek cover. The man then led officers on a vehicle pursuit until his vehicle immobilized by stop sticks in the area of Highway 70 and Pentz Road. K9 Bandit was released for an apprehension after the man exited his vehicle and aggressively approached officers while raising a firearm. As Bandit made the apprehension officers on scene opened fire, fatally wounding the man and striking K9 Bandit in the crossfire. A pit bull in the man’s vehicle then began to attack K9 Bandit before being shot by officers.