One dead after Redding officer-involved shooting

REDDING — Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting in Redding that left a person dead early Sunday morning, Dec. 22.

The fatal encounter happened during a traffic stop on Pine St., just north of Cypress Ave., according to officials who say the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has been designated as the lead investigating agency that will be delving into how and why the traffic stop turned deadly.


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Officers with the Redding Police Department conducted the traffic stop around 3:20 a.m., according to Redding Police Lt. Levi Solada; who did not specify the reason for the initial stop and contact.

“During the course of the traffic stop, circumstances led to one officer discharging his firearm, striking the suspect,” explained Solada.

Officials continue to work at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened in Redding early Sunday morning. KRCR screenshot

Although the suspect was rushed to an area hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by hospital staff. The person’s name has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of their family.

Due to the nature of the ongoing investigation, Solada did not specify exactly what transpired during the stop or why the officer fired on the alleged suspect.

As the officer-involved shooting investigation was getting underway, the Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Team was notified and responded to assist with the investigation.

“The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has been designated as the lead investigating agency and will release additional information as it becomes available,” said Solada.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Pine Street remained closed between Cypress Ave. and Gold St., as officials continued to gather information and evidence related to the shooting. It was not immediately known when the road would be re-opened and area residents have been asked to seek alternate routes.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers 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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