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- Jul. 26, 2001 -
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Butte County Sheriff's Office CA Patch
Resided: CA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jul. 26, 2001
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 26 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Butte County Sheriff's Office CA
CA   USA
County: Butte
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Ambush
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 81
On The Job: 3 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CA   USA   Thu. Jul. 26, 2001
Summary: Deputy William Hunter and Lieutenant Estes were shot and killed after responding to a call involving one neighbor threatening another.

As Deputy Hunter responded to the scene, the original reporting party called back and stated that the suspect had stolen a firearm. Deputy Hunter then requested backup and Lieutenant Estes, who was in the area, volunteered and responded to the scene, arriving 19 minutes after Deputy Hunter.

Deputy Hunter entered the cabin where he was ambushed by the suspect as he walked around the corner just inside the front door. The suspect shot him in the head, fatally wounding him. When Lieutenant Estes entered the cabin, he exchanged shots with the suspect at a range of three feet. Lieutenant Estes' weapon was found with one round remaining and had been jammed when it was struck by one of the suspect's rounds. The exchange of gunfire between Lieutenant Estes and the suspect left both men fatally wounded.

When dispatch was unable to reach either officer, additional units were sent by the California Highway Patrol. When they arrived, they located both cruisers parked in front of the small cabin. The sheriff's department's SWAT team was then called out. After firing tear gas, entry was made into the home where the bodies of Deputy Hunter, Lieutenant Estes, and the suspect were located. The suspect was described as a survivalist who was often seen carrying weapons.

Deputy Hunter had been employed with the Butte County Sheriff's Department for three years.

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Related: Leonard Bruce Estes
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