The Butte County District Attorney’s Office released some dashcam footage involving the shooting of a man during the Camp Fire evacuations. The district attorney, Mike Ramsey, said the footage “clearly shows the moments before multiple law enforcement officers opened fire on 48-year-old GD Hendrix of Berry Creek.”
According to Mercury News, Hendrix was a wanted man out of Butte County. He was a “prime suspect” in a double homicide investigation. Hendrix was suspected of killing Plumas County residents Peter “Mike” Kroencke, 59, and his wife, Olga Kroencke, 56. He reportedly pointed a metal object at cops sparking the shooting after the high-speed chase along Highway 70. The chase began after deputies received numerous calls about a suspicious person near a hardware store in Yankee Hill.
The resident who alerted officers to the suspect’s presence said he seemed to have been in the area for about three days.
Seven deputies from three counties shot and killed Hendrix after the high-speed pursuit inside the evacuation zone of the Camp Fire in Northern California Thursday. He was struck at least twice, once in the torso area and once in the head. He died on the scene. A Sutter County Sheriff’s office K9 was also shot and killed when deputies opened fire on the suspect. The man’s pit bull, which was in his car before getting out and attacking the Sutter County K9, was also killed.
After the shooting, officers discovered the object Hendrix pointed at officers. The object turned out to be a steel pipe imitating an “armed attack on officers.” No firearms were found on Hendrix or in his car. Several folding and fixed-blade knives were found on Hendrix after he was shot. A picture of the pipe was released by the district attorney.
The video, which is nearly two minutes long, shows officers stopped behind Hendrix’s car, yelling at him multiple times to show and raise his hands in the air. Seconds before he is shot, Hendrix appears to open his driver’s side door and emerges from the vehicle, turning suddenly and extending his arms in the air with his hands clasped together.
The Kroenckes were found shot to death in their SUV Dec. 20, 2014, between property they owned on the 400 block of Galen Ridge Road and Hendrix’s residence in the 300 block of Galen Ridge Road, according to a Chico Enterprise-Record article published in January 2015.
Ramsey said the seven shooting officers included three from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, three from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden out of Shasta County.
The names of the officers have not been released.