BERRY CREEK — A 40-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in relation to a homicide that happened on Dec. 19, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
Leopoldo Rodriguez, 65, of Oroville was identified as the man who died at around 10 a.m. Sunday when there was a shooting at a residence located at the 1100 block of Feather Avenue in Oroville.
The Sheriff’s Office suspected homicide and searched for a man seen on surveillance video.
Someone contacted the Oroville Police Department on Tuesday to report their vehicle stolen. The person who made the report said they believed Zachary Hutcheson of Oroville was responsible for stealing their vehicle, according to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The person who made the report said they and their daughter saw Hutcheson driving the stolen vehicle in Berry Creek. According to the press release, the person said they attempted to contact Hutcheson and that Hutcheson pointed a firearm and threatened the lives of the person and their daughter. After the alleged threat, the person and their daughter left Berry Creek and immediately contacted law enforcement.
“Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Hutcheson for felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and making criminal threats,” the press release said.
Detectives said that they found evidence during the investigation of the stolen vehicle and the Dec. 19 homicide that gave them cause to believe Hutcheson killed Roriguez.
Detectives and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team located Hutcheson at a residence on Fay Way in Oroville on Tuesday. According to the press release, Hutcheson was armed with a semi-automatic handgun at the time that SWAT team members contacted him.
The SWAT team arrested Hutcheson on suspicion of felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and making criminal threats. According to the press release, a search warrant has also been obtained for the residence and additional evidence was located. Hutcheson was booked on the arrest warrant and was in custody Wednesday at Butte County Jail.
Detectives said they anticipate completing and reviewing the homicide investigation with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office in the next week.