JANESVILLE, Calif. (KOLO) - The Lassen County Sheriff's Office has identified a man shot and killed while allegedly stealing a truck as 25-year-old Zachary Linboyd Estepp of Herlong. LCSO says Estepp has an extensive criminal history with criminal convictions out of multiple Central Valley counties. He was also a suspect in a theft at Big 5 Sporting Goods in Susanville.
About 7PM July 9, 2018, the California Highway Patrol in Susanville started receiving reports of a reckless driver in a truck, headed north on US Highway 395 in the area of the Honey Lake Rest Area. A CHP officer tracked the truck and starting chasing at speeds up to 105 miles per hour. The driver of the truck then lost control at the intersection of Ponderosa Boulevard and Hicks Road, hitting a car. The driver of the truck, now identified as Estepp, ran off.
The Lassen County Sheriff's Office says after the crash, Estepp ran from the area through trees, bushes, and tall grass. He reached a home on Hicks Road, where he armed himself with a beer bottle and entered the attached garage of the home through an open roll-up garage door. He then entered the living space of the house through a door from the garage, and confronted the residents. He held the beer bottle over his head and threatened to kill the family if they did not turn over their car keys.
Investigators say a woman who lives there got a set of keys and a handgun from another room, giving the keys to Estepp and the handgun to the man who lives in the home. The male resident told Estepp to stop and put his hands up, but Estepp instead ran through the garage door, followed by the resident, who saw Estepp get in the resident's truck and try to steal it. Estepp accelerated and drove toward the resident, who shot one round at the suspect, killing him.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office were called to lead the death investigation, while CHP is investigating the crash. The case will be forwarded to the Lassen County District Attorney once the Sheriff's Office investigation is over.
The official cause of death will be determined with a report by the Washoe County Medical Examiner, as well as toxicology results.
If you have additional information related to this case, you're asked to contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 530-257-6121.