Redding dinner brawl leads to shots fired, father arrested

REDDING — Authorities say a dinner-time brawl between a father and son led to the father’s arrest after the man, a convicted felon, pulled a gun and fired numerous rounds at his son Friday evening, March 20. The son was uninjured during the violent confrontation, which happened at a private residence on the 1700 block of Henry Ave., in Redding.

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Officers from the Redding Police Department responded to the residence at 8:48 p.m., after receiving multiple reports of several gunshots heard in the area, Redding Police Sgt. Paul Slagle reported after the incident and arrest.

When officers arrived at the residence, they found signs of a violent struggle and located 57-year-old, Alonzo Shoulders, of Redding, suffering from numerous facial injuries.

Alonzo Shoulders, 57, of Redding, was arrested last night after a dinner-time fight with his son led to shots fired inside a Redding home.

During their subsequent investigation, officers interviewed witnesses to the shooting and learned that Alonzo and his son, Michael Shoulders, 32, of Cottonwood, began arguing during a family dinner.

As the argument escalated, the father and son “engaged in a physical altercation,” according to Slagle; who said that during the violent encounter “Alonzo retrieved a handgun from a bedroom within the residence before he fired the revolver several times towards his son, Michael.”

The confrontation ended when Michael, who was uninjured during the altercation, was able to wrestle the firearm from his father and flee the area in a vehicle, according to Slagle.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Alonzo.

The father was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries before he was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of attempt homicide, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, domestic battery, and negligent discharge of a firearm.

Online jail records indicate he has since been released from custody.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R019698 and can remain anonymous.


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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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