On December 29, 2018, at about 03:50 AM, an Officer with the Redding Police Department located a reported stolen vehicle, a 2018 Nissan Altima, in the area of the Win River Casino. The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, however the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.
The suspect vehicle traveled southbound onto Highway 273 at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 273.The pursuing Officer disengaged in the pursuit for public safety reasons.
Shortly thereafter an Anderson Police Officer observed the stolen vehicle emerging from a neighborhood in the area Hill Street and Highway 273. The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and another pursuit ensued
The vehicle continued southbound into the City of Anderson. The vehicle eventually traveled to the dead end of Barney Road. Once the vehicle reached the dead end the vehicle made a U-Turn and drove back towards the pursuing officers. The vehicle then collided head-on with an Anderson Police Officer’s patrol vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Dillion James Sullivan, age 25, of Paradise, fled the vehicle towards Anderson Creek. Anderson Police Department K9 Chance was deployed to apprehend Sullivan.
As Sullivan was fleeing from the officers, he fired at least one gunshot from a handgun, striking K9 Chance in the left ear. K9 Chance was undeterred by the gunshot wound and continued to attempt to apprehend Sullivan. K9 Chance took Sullivan to the ground where he continued to violently resist. After a violent struggle, Sullivan was taken into custody.
Sullivan was transported to a local area hospital for treatment prior to booking. An Anderson Police Officer was also transported to a local hospital for an injury he sustained while attempting to detain Sullivan.
A pistol was found at the scene where Sullivan was detained, as well as a shotgun in the trunk of the stolen vehicle.
A records check on Sullivan revealed him to be a convicted felon out of Butte County with prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and other weapons related offenses. Sullivan also recently discharged from Post Release Community Supervision.
A multi-agency investigation was initiated with members of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Redding Police Department, and the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.
Sullivan is being booked on charges of attempted murder on a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, evading a peace officer, unlawful discharge of a firearm, assault on a police canine, and several other felony charges.
K9 Chance was transported to a local veterinary hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound. K9 Chance has since been released to recover at home and is expected to be back to work for his next regularly scheduled shift.
The Anderson Police Department is extremely proud of the bravery K9 Chance displayed. Had K9 Chance not been at the scene and not acted as heroically as he did, this incident could have turned into a tragedy, with a high potential for the loss of human life.
The Anderson Police Department will release additional information as it becomes available.