Woman shot during botched Redding drug deal

Writer’s Note: Due to the ongoing and sensitive nature of Redding PD’s continuing investigation, some details regarding this incident, including the vehicle involved and suspect details – which were heard over official radio traffic during this incident – have been left out of this report at the request of law enforcement officials.


REDDING — Authorities are investigating the shooting of a woman after she and a friend reportedly changed their minds while attempting to purchase marijuana early Sunday morning, Nov. 25.

The woman, who suffered a grazing gunshot wound to the arm, told officers the shooting happened near the intersection of Heather Ln. and Foxtail Ct. in Redding, according to officials.


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Redding police officers responded to the scene around 1 a.m., after receiving a 911 call from a person reporting his friend had been shot by an acquaintance during a drug deal gone wrong, Redding Police Corporal Rob Garnero reported after the incident.

Responding officers quickly located two victims, a woman and man who have not been publicly identified, who reported they had been shot at by a pair of men who fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

“The victims stated they had arranged to buy marijuana from the driver but later changed their minds,” explained Garnero.

As the deal to purchase the marijuana fell apart the passenger in the suspect’s vehicle became irate and revealed he had a handgun. The man then demanded the victims’ money before firing one round at them.

The female victim was struck and grazed in the left arm by the fired round and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to Garnero.

Despite searching for the pair involved in the shooting and following up on leads throughout the evening, officers were unable to locate the suspects, who have not been publicly identified.

Based on the circumstances, investigators have assumed the investigation, according to Garnero; who said some information regarding the case is being withheld as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R077652 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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 16 grandchildren.

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