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R~ver Bulletin From Page One Wednesday, Aug. 1,2001 h bm Nge Works. One of the brothers is a Plumes County sher- Y. Hunter is also ' Wife Holly, who wed the deputy. services for and Estes are sched- Thursday, Aug. 2, at at the Neighborhood Chico, 2801 Notre At press time, it if a service Planned in Plumas GHS athlete and scholar worked in Butte County LL La y Ezte= :." f:,,| : Killed li. Killed in in i shoot-out 2;2 i! shoot-out connections to Plumas Coun- ty. "This shows how vuinera- ble we all are when we re- spend to situations," Gardner said. "It is one of the hazards of the job." nition. Hunter requested a backup officer, and,,Sgt. Tony Bur- dine was dispatched. But Estes told dispatchers that he could get there sooner and would provide backup for Hunter, who arrived on the scene at about 5:42 p.m. wearing a bulletproof vest. Estes, who was wearing street clothes but wearing a bulletproof vest, arrived 20 minutes later and hooked up with Hunter. Guns stolon Hunter and Estes respond- ed to the cabin after the own- er of the Inskip Inn called the sheriffs department to com- plain that he had been robbed of guns and threatened by Bracklow. Deputies, responding after Hunter and Estes could not be connected on their police radios, reached the scene 45 minutes later. Next, two sheriffs office he- licopters were dispatched to the area, along with an ar- mored van and members of the sheriffs special incident res nse team. About an hour later, snipers were deployed around the cabin. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., law enforcement personnel stormed the cabin and found Hunter and Estes, along with Bracklow, dead. The cabin is located about 100 yards from the Inskip Inn, where incidents leading to the gun battle took place about an hour earlier. While Hunter, who was as- signed to the Magalia substa- tion, drove to Inskip, a sec- ond phone call alerted dis- patchers that Bracklow, who was 46, had returned to the inn, fired a weapon and stole three .38-caliber revolvers and several rounds of ammu- never heard Billy cuss. He never complained. He just did his job as a player." Hunter's best friend grow- , who grew up in In- hag up was Wayne McIntosh, 'Like a foc~mss' was an excellent who recalls hunting, fishing According to a witness, at Greenville Highand playing ball with Hunter. both men entered the cabin "We )f a graduating did almost everything together. in 1993 together all through school," Over the next several rain- the school to be- McIntosh said. utes, a California Highway Blue Ribbon Moreover, Hunter was Patrol officer arrived on the helpful and cheerful, scene, along with scores of was a standout "Billy was always willing deputies, but none reported er, helping to to help, lend a hand or give radio or visual contact with to the North- advice," McIntosh recalled, the officers. title game in the "He didn't have the fastest car They described the cabin the same year heor the best whatever. He was as "looking like a fortress," I a Golden Statealways happy with whatever with barred windows and excellence in eco- he had and with what he was. padlocked doors. and geome- "He was just a great guy, Bracklow had reportedly and I'll never have a best been seen in public armed friend that will ever com- and wearing camouflage pare," McIntosh added. "I will clothing during the four a SUper kid," miss him dearly, Losing him years he had lived in Inskip. the for- is just like losing one of my Detectives from the sherif- at Greenville brothers." fs office, the Butte County d grades. Plumas County Sheriff Len District Attorney's office and trOuble. Just a Gardner, who employs the Department of Justiceare a really nice Hunter's brother as a deputy continuing their investiga- here, said his department is tion of the scene. who coached saddened by the events in Mackenzie said Friday that called him Butte County. investigators are also inter- "It's certainly tragic for all ested in talking with a With every- of law enforcement," Gardner woman who may have been said. Bracklow's companion. good kid. A Authorities say they only said. "I He said the tragedy is un- derscored by the deputy's know that she drives a Hen- da. Her vehicle had reported- ly been seen near Bracklow's cabin Thursday, but wasn't there when officers arrived to look for Estes and Hunter. Four-hour gap Mackenzie defended the nearly four-hour gap between losing contact with the deputies and storming the cabin as being essential for officer safety. Hunter, 26, was scheduled to work with a K-9 police dog, but the dog he was assigned was still in training and not with him the night of his death. Estes, a 30-year veteran of the department and a well- known figure to many mem- bers of the Plumas County Sheriffs Department, had re- cently worked on special in- vestigations, including inter- nal affairs. Mackenzie said both Hunter and Estes were out- standing employees of the de- partment who died in dedi- cated service to the commu- nity. "They will be sorely missed," Mackenzie said. Hunter and Estes are the first Butte County deputies to die in the line of duty since Deputy Randy Jennings was killed four years ago in Paler- mo by a gunman, who killed himself after slaying Jen- nings. ~ In Plu~ A Plumas County deputy has never been killed in the line of duty, but former deputy Larry Griffith was slain as a member of the Lassen County department. In 1997, in a Quincy tavern, Sgt. Jeff Wilkinson survived a gunshot wound to the stom- ach from a drifter, who died when Wilkinson defended himself and others and shot the man. In 1995, Deputy Jason Barn_hart was wounded in the leg during a shoot-out, which resulted in the suspected gunman being killed in an ex- change of gunfh-'e. On Monday, as a sign of support, members of the Plumas County Sheriffs De- partment, CHP and the pub- lic works department assem- bled at Tom Hunter's home to assist with yard work and landscaping. A group of busi- nesses, including Gray's, Mountain Building Supply, Wilburn Construction and Long's, and the fairgrounds provided supplies. Indian Valley Editor Altcia Higbee contributed to this artlcle. Some of the information appear- ing in this article was obtained from published accounts in The Chico Enterprise-Record. mm tr n r ge XA Bresciani said. "If t Will make ,,people limit. will be 25 intersection with Highway 70 to just past the tennis courts at the high school. From that point, the speed changes to 45 mph and remains at that speed until it reaches Chandler Road. One resident, Tim Dem- bosz, said the speed limit should be even lower over Adult Re- in Chieo an- Hugh Baker as coordina- Om- Elder Abuse Program ser- to maintain the state to objectively inves- tigate and resolve com- plaints and concerns voiced by, or on behalf of, residents of long-term care facilities. There are currently more than 50 volunteers advocat- ing for the 2,600 residents of long-term care facilities in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama counties. the quality of For more information quality of life about the long-term care Om- ,atsra of nursing budsman Program or the vol- u and care unteer opportunities the pro- in gram provides, please call care pro- the PASSAGES Adult Re- source Center at (530) 898- 'ram relies on 5923 or 1-800-822-0109 if out- Volunteers who side the Chico/Paradise and certified byarea. 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