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* Brandon Michael Reuter Shot and Killed by Redding Police After He Allegedly Rob the Plumas Bank

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A 20-year-old man with connections to Los Gatos was fatally shot by five Redding police officers this week after he allegedly robbed a bank, authorities said. Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, Brandon Michael Reuter was shot multiple times after he allegedly took about $3,000 at Plumas Bank at 2175 Civic Center Drive in Redding. Police are investigating what Reuter was doing in Redding. He is a resident of Costa Mesa but on Dec. 2, he had arrived in Redding from Los Gatos, where he stayed with family, according to Shasta County sheriff’s Capt. Dave Compomizzo. He said Reuter had prior run-ins with Los Gatos police. Los Gatos police Sgt. Kerry Harris confirmed the Police Department’s past involvement with Reuter, but would not elaborate on the nature of the interactions. Reuter does not have any convictions in Santa Clara County, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Amy Cornell. Wearing a hood and aviator glasses and his face disguised with a mask, Reuter allegedly approached a female teller at Plumas Bank Monday and handed her a note demanding money. He then brandished a black semi-automatic pistol, which later turned out to be a replica BB gun, Compomizzo said. Reuter allegedly took the money and headed out of the bank and east onto Cypress Avenue. Responding officers noticed him going into an outdoor bathroom at California Extreme Auto, according to Compomizzo. Officers set up a perimeter and when he stepped out a minute later, he allegedly broke into a run toward the bank after seeing the officers. One of the officers unleashed a police dog after him. The dog caught up with Reuter and was able to subdue him, Compomizzo said. Reuter reached the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District canal and began dragging and beating the dog, according to Compomizzo. Officers then caught up with him across the canal bank and saw him striking the dog and when he saw the officers he allegedly raised the gun and pointed it at them, Compomizzo said. Five officers shot back from a distance of about 15 to 30 yards. Compomizzo said a search of Reuter’s hotel room revealed robbery demand notes he had practiced writing and a bus ticket. He has not been involved in any prior incidents in Redding. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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