Bean-bag shotgun blast ends tense standoff with juvenile

REDDING — Reports of a person selling marijuana out of the back of their car at a Redding business led to a probation search at a nearby residence that ended after a tense standoff yesterday afternoon, Saturday, April 6. At the conclusion of their he investigation, officers arrested four people, including a 17-year-old probationer, for a variety of charges and warrants.

According to Redding PD, officers were forced to use a less-lethal, bean-bag shotgun to end a thirty minute standoff, after the juvenile refused to obey officers commands to exit his bedroom. When the juvenile, who has not been publicly identified due to his age, began “actively moving to unsearched areas of the room and moved his hands towards his waist, a less lethal shotgun was used to subdue him,” Redding Police Corporal Jeff Schmidt later explained.


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Yesterday’s incident began just after 1 p.m., when Redding police officers received a call reporting a male trying to sell marijuana out of a black sedan parked on the west side of Dollar General on Lake Blvd.

When officers arrived they found the vehicle occupied by two adults, later identified as Brandon Peterson, 20, of Redding, and Jacob Ahern, 19, of Shasta Lake. Officers conducted a records check and learned Ahern is on probation for burglary.

While searching the pair’s vehicle in accordance with Ahern’s probation terms, officers found a loaded handgun, marijuana, and realistic-looking BB and airsoft guns.

“Officers also discovered Ahern had stolen items from the Dollar General,” Schmidt said after the incident and arrests.

Officers learned the handgun and marijuana belonged to a 17-year-old probationer out of Shasta Lake. The juvenile had been inside the Dollar General when officers made contact with and Perterson and Ahern, and had walked away from the area, avoiding officers.

Officers investigating reports of drug sales occurring at a Dollar General parking lot discovered a loaded handgun as well as several realistic-looking BB and airsoft guns.

Based on their investigation Redding PD officers, with assistance from Shasta County sheriff’s deputies, went to a residence on Williamson Rd. in Shasta Lake City to conduct a probation search and question the juvenile probationer.

When officers arrived they contacted nine people inside the residence and learned four of the subjects inside the home were on probation for various crimes. Officers also learned the 17-year-old was in his bedroom and began calling for the juvenile to come out of his room and surrender to officers, “but he refused to come out of the room,” according to Schmidt.

Officials spent the next thirty minutes trying to get the minor to surrender peacefully, but he refused to comply with them or exit his room.

Not knowing if the juvenile was in possession of additional weapons, officials cautiously approached the teen’s room, where they found him sitting on his bed. When the probationer continued to refuse officials’ orders and made furtive movements and moved his hands towards his waist, an officer at the scene discharged a less-lethal shotgun to subdue him. He was arrested without further incident.

The juvenile was taken to an area hospital for a medical clearance and was eventually booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of illegal possession of a loaded firearm and violation of probation.

In addition to the minor who was arrested, Ahern was booked into Shasta County jail for petty theft and violation of probation, Selena Linn, 18, and Lisa Deaton, 26, were booked for outstanding arrest warrants. Peterson and the other subjects found inside the residence were released without charges.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding Police Corporal Jeff Schmidt at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R021738 and can remain anonymous.

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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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