Man with loaded, sawed-off shotgun arrested in Jones Valley

REDDING — A man with multiple warrants for possession of a loaded firearm in public, possession of a controlled substance, and other charges, was arrested after he was once again found to be in possession of a loaded and illegally modified shotgun, as well as drug paraphernalia, late Saturday evening, Aug. 24.


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Last night’s arrest happened around 11 p.m., in the Jones Valley area, north of Redding and south of Shasta Lake’s Pit River Arm, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scoma reported after the incident that led to the alleged suspect’s apprehension.

A Shasta County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the Jones Valley area when he spotted a vehicle parked along the side of Dry Creek Rd. near Silverthorn Rd.

“Due to the circumstances, time of night, and the close proximity of residences, the deputy began to investigate further,” said Scoma.

Quinton Henderson was arrested after a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy spotted him in the Jones Valley area with a loaded and modified, sawed-off shotgun. SCSO photo

After exiting his patrol vehicle, the deputy soon observed a man, later identified as Quinton Lee Henderson, 22, of Shasta County, walking toward the parked vehicle.

When the deputy announced himself, he saw Henderson discard a firearm into the ditch on the side of the road, according to Scoma.

The deputy detained Henderson without incident and a records check revealed the man had five outstanding warrants for his arrest; including warrants for possession of a loaded firearm in public, possession of a controlled substance, and three warrants for vehicle code violations.

A subsequent search of Henderson was then conducted, at which time the deputy discovered Henderson was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.

The deputy then recovered the discarded firearm, a loaded shotgun with an illegally modified and sawed-off barrel, he had seen Henderson discard into the ditch.

Based on the investigation, the deputy arrested Henderson and he was booked into Shasta County Jail for his outstanding warrants, as well as the new charges of possession of a short-barreled shotgun and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or Henderson’s alleged criminal activities is encouraged to contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6025. Callers can refer to incident file number 19S031609 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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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