Rock-throwing woman arrested after attacking SCSO K-9

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE — An allegedly intoxicated and rock-throwing woman who fought with officers was apprehended after violently attacking two deputies and a sheriff’s K-9 early Sunday morning, Feb. 17. According to sheriff’s officials, the woman repeatedly punched and tried to bite the police service dog during yesterday’s bizarre incident, which happened on the railroad crossing above Shasta Dam Blvd.


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Shasta County sheriff’s deputies assigned to City of Shasta Lake responded to the area just after midnight, after receiving multiple reports of a woman throwing rocks at passing vehicles.

A Deputy who arrived moments after the call was dispatched found approximately 150 “baseball-size rocks” scattered about the roadway.

The Deputy soon found a woman, later identified as 46-year-old, Janet Paulene Wilson, of Redding, on the railroad tracks above Shasta Dam Blvd. From the outset, Wilson was “uncooperative with the deputy,” who requested a back-up unit “almost immediately,” SCSO officials later explained.

Janet Wilson, 46, was arrested after fighting with two deputies and a Sheriff’s K-9 early yesterday morning. SCSO photo

Another deputy and his K-9 companion “Hondo” arrived moments later and together the two officials began trying to reason with Wilson, “who remained uncooperative with deputies’ attempts to verbally communicate with her,” said SCSO.

Wilson, who appeared intoxicated according to officials, “ignored all verbal commands and began yelling and backing away from deputies on the railroad tracks.”

“Due to the elevation of the railroad tracks, large rocks, uneven footing, and the possibility of approaching train traffic,” deputies determined Wilson was potentially in immediate danger and attempted to physically remove the intoxicated and combative woman from the railroad tracks.

Wilson immediately pulled away and fell to the ground, where she began to violently resist deputies’ efforts to detain her, kicking at them and attempting to punch them with her fists.

“Wilson then began attempting to pick up one of the many large rocks on the ground and deputies feared she was going to assault them with a rock,” explained SCSO.

Due to Wilson’s continued “violent behavior,” the K-9 handler deployed Hondo to assist with taking the still combative woman into custody. However, when Hondo contacted Wilson she began fighting with the police service dog, “striking him multiple times with her fists and also trying to bite (him),” according to officials.

With Hondo’s assistance, deputies were eventually able to subdue Wilson and safely take her into custody.

After her arrest, deputies transported Wilson to an area hospital for medical clearance required for booking and then booked her into jail on suspicion resisting arrest with threat or violence, public Intoxication, and interfering with or obstructing a police dog, according to SCSO.

Neither of the deputies or Hondo were injured during the violent incident.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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