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Calif. OIS likely a suicide by cop incident

A Colorado fugitive reportedly told investigators of Christian John Valdez's plan was to make "the police shoot him by pretending to have a gun" rather than going back into custody

By Trevor Warner
Chico Enterprise-Record

PARADISE — Suicide by cop: That's the basic explanation regarding Sunday evening's shooting in Paradise that killed an 18-year-old fugitive from Colorado.

Christian John Valdez, 18, was shot by California Highway Patrol officer Shane Schilperoort at the Flyers gas station at the corner of Pearson and Clark roads after Valdez led police on a 24-mile high-speed chase from Oroville.

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