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One Dead At Jelly's Ferry Bridge In Red Bluff

Dean Strelau
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A Tehama County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a reportedly enraged man at the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge early yesterday (Monday). The man, identified as 45 year old Carl Thayer of Red Bluff, was struck three times and died at the scene. The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. According to the sheriff’s office, Thayer and his 40-year-old ex-wife got into a verbal dispute while driving toward the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge, which is closed to traffic due to structural weaknesses.

According to a statement, Thayer threatened to intentionally crash the vehicle and kill himself and his former partner. Thayer struck a fence and the passenger escaped to a nearby home, calling police. According to the sheriff’s office, Thayer advanced on responding deputies with a knife after a taser shot failed to subdue him. State officials will assist in the investigation.