Chico Police Response to Domestic Call for Help Prompts School Lockdowns and one suspect arrested

— One Man Arrested in Domestic Violence Incident –

Chico, CA – On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at about 10:20AM, Chico Police Department dispatchers received a call for service from a residence in the 1200 Block of Notre Dame Boulevard in Chico, regarding a domestic violence incident. A juvenile caller stated her stepfather, identified as 32-year old Michael Sterling and the caller’s mother, were engaged in an argument at the mothers’ apartment. The caller indicated to dispatchers the argument escalated and had become physical between Sterling and the victim.

Prior to Chico Police officers arriving to the location, Sterling was reported to be leaving the area on foot, armed with a pistol. With an abundance of caution for public safety and due to the proximity of the incident location to both Marsh Jr. High School and Little Chico Creek Elementary School, both schools were immediately placed on lockdown.

Within three minutes of the call for help being dispatched, three Chico Police Department officers arrived to Notre Dame Boulevard and began looking for Sterling. Officers quickly located and detained Sterling without incident at the apartment complex. Officers rendered the area safe and lifted the lockdown order. The lockdown lasted approximately four minutes

Through the investigation, officers located a loaded pistol concealed in the area of the alleged incident. The subsequent investigation led officers to believe Sterling was the dominant aggressor in a domestic violence incident.

Officers arrested Sterling for Felony Domestic Violence and Felon in Possession of a Loaded Firearm. Sterling was transported to Butte County Jail.

The Chico Police Department works closely with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, providing public safety efforts to individuals involved in domestic violence situations. The department reports incidents of domestic violence calls to the organization which offers victims a host of services, including crisis intervention and emergency shelter. The agency offers a 24-hour Hotline: 800.895.8476.

For more information visit Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. ###

The Chico Police Department is committed to ensuring our community is a safe place to live, work and recreate within!

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