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Redding, CA 96001

Press Releases

December 2017

December 8, 2017, at 2:07 a.m. officers with the Redding Police Department were dispatched for a report of a domestic violence incident at 2604 Wilson Ave, Apt No. 3, in Redding after a female victim reported she was slapped by her live in boyfriend, identified as Vernchoy Saechao, 22 years old.  Upon arrival, officers met with the Victim in the parking area near the fourplex apartments.  The Victim reported Saechao was believed to be inside the residence.  The Victim reported Saechao had been drinking alcohol throughout the evening and was stabbing the walls of the interior of the residence with a knife.  While the domestic violence incident was occurring there were other family members present inside the residence that included three young children; 3 years, 5 years and 8 years old.   

Two officers made entry into the residence as one officer remained outside the area of the front door.  As the two officers were inside Apt No. 3 attempting to locate Saechao, they heard noises behind them coming from the area of a sliding door that lead to an enclosed porch near the front door. The officer from outside alerted the two officers inside Apt #3 that a subject believed to be Saechao was running away. 

 As Saechao fled, he fired multiple rounds at the officers who were near the entry way of
Apt No. 3.  The officer who had remained outside returned fire, firing multiple rounds subsequently striking Saechao as he was in the parking area of the complex. Officers began CPR and lifesaving efforts on Saechao as Emergency Medical Personnel were requested to respond.  Upon Emergency Medical Personnel’s arrival, additional lifesaving efforts were attempted, however Saechao died from his injuries on scene. None of the involved officers and no citizens were injured during the shooting.   

The Shasta County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and assisting agencies responded to assist.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the officer involved shooting investigation.  Officers with CHP MAIT team assisted with the crime scene investigation.   

Detectives, Investigators and Crime Scene Personnel are still processing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses.  During the initial crime scene investigation, a Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun was found next to Saechao.  The magazine inside the Glock 22 was a high capacity magazine capable of holding 22 rounds.  Two additional high capacity magazines capable of holding 15 rounds each were found with Saechao.  Expended shell casings were found in the area of Saechao that were similar brand to the live rounds found in the Glock 22 handgun possessed by Saechao.   

An autopsy for Saechao has been scheduled for Tuesday, 12/19/17.   If anyone has information they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135 or 

**no photographs are currently available for release**

Sergeant Brian Jackson

Major Crimes Unit

Cast No. 17-43262



February 6th, 2017, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received information about a 32 year old Shasta County resident, Daniel James Francioni, having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14 year old confidential female.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation and discovered 3 additional female confidential victims who were 15 and 16 years of age when the sexual acts occurred.  The sexual acts with the 3 additional victim’s occurred from 2007-2016.   

On November 29th, 2017, a Shasta County Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Francioni.  The charges included; 5 counts of 261.5(d) PC – Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age and 2 counts of 289(d) PC – penetration with a foreign object.  The judge set bail at $1,000,000.00.

On November 30th, 2017, detectives arrested Francioni near his residence, at the intersection of Olinda Road and Happy Valley Road, Anderson, CA.  Francioni was transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked on the aforementioned arrest warrant. Francioni remains in custody at the Shasta County Jail. 

Based upon the circumstances and length of time that Francioni has been reportedly committing these crimes, detectives believe there are other possible sexual assault victims of Francioni that have not yet been identified.  If anyone has information about this investigation or knows of other victims they are urged to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or at

Sergeant Brian Jackson

Major Crimes Unit

Case No. 17-4192


 November 2017 

November 12, 2017, at 2:37a.m. a Deputy Coroner Investigator was dispatched to the scene of a fatal traffic collision, which occurred on Interstate 5 just north of Deschutes Road. 


The collision involved only one vehicle, which appeared to have drifted off the roadway and overturned when the driver overcorrected.  The decedent was later identified as 21 year old Nicole Madisen Lannom of Redding, California.  The decedent was the sole occupant and driver of the overturned vehicle when the collision occurred.  The decedent’s next of kin has been notified and a postmortem autopsy was scheduled.  The collision is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.


Lieutenant Randall

Chief Deputy Coroner

Coroner’s No. 2017-0853


November 10, 2017, at 3:14  p.m.,  a Deputy Coroner Investigator responded to Mercy Medical Center for the report of a deceased person who died as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision.  The decedent was identified as 16 year old Tyler Skeete of Redding, California. 


The decedent suffered serious injuries when the off-road motorcycle he was operating collided with another motorcyclist.  The decedent was transported to the Emergency Room, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  This collision occurred on private property off Old 44 Drive and is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem autopsy has been scheduled. 


Lieutenant Randall

Chief Deputy Coroner

Shasta County Coroner’s No. 2017-852

Saturday, 11/11/17, at approximately 12:36 a.m. deputies responded to 3483 Willow St. in Cottonwood for a disturbance.  The reporting party, Shawnte Blunt, advised her friend’s, Crystal Paris, ex-husband, Joseph Ruth (30 yrs), was at the location causing a disturbance.  Blunt advised Ruth was now in a physical altercation with Paris’ current boyfriend, Tanner Bull (25 yrs).


Deputies were updated one of the subjects possibly had a firearm and Blunt advised SHASCOM that she heard a gunshot.


Deputies arrived on scene and contacted Ruth and determined that he had a single gunshot wound to the leg.  Ruth was transported to the hospital where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound and he was later released from the hospital.


Deputies interviewed both Ruth and Bull and witnesses who were on scene.  It was determined that Ruth had made prior threats to harm Bull earlier in the day in Tehama County.  It was also determined that Ruth arrived at the residence and was the aggressor during the incident.  Information was received that Ruth threatened to stab Bull and was reaching into his pocket during the physical altercation.  Bull then pulled out a firearm and fired one round striking Ruth in the leg.


Based on the information regarding this incident, no charges will be filed on Bull at this time.  Ruth was placed under arrest for violation of 422 PC and 242 PC and he was booked into the Shasta County Jail.


Sgt. Logan Stonehouse

(530) 245-6025

Case 17-40045


On November 24, 2016, at 4:22 a.m., Yolo County law enforcement received a 911 call regarding a female identifying herself as Sherri Papini having been located on the northbound on ramp to Interstate 5 in Yolo, CA.  During a canvas of the area on that day, detectives located video surveillance of Sherri Papini walking in the area of a nearby Jehovah’s Witness church located at 13980 County Road 99W, Woodland. CA.   Upon review of the video surveillance, only one camera located on the south side of the building captured Sherri Papini walking in the area of the Highway 99W and the Interstate 5 northbound interchange.  Sherri Papini can be seen running to the church north on Highway 99W and then south on Highway 99W until she goes out of view,  heading toward the Interstate 5 northbound on ramp. The video surveillance was date and time validated by detectives as occurring on November 24, 2016 at 4:15 a.m.    


A copy of the video surveillance can be obtained off of the Shasta County Sherriff’s Office Web page;, click the link for the church video surveillance. 


Case 16-40875

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office

Major Crimes Unit

Sergeant Brian Jackson



Saturday 11/417 Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF) Agents served a search warrant at a residence on the 2700 block of Keswick Dam Road.  Jonathan Marshall of Sonoma County was suspected of manufacturing Butane Honey Oil at the location.

SINTF Agents located an elaborate hydroponics indoor marijuana grow covering the entire basement area of the residence.  Numerous bags of ground marijuana were also located inside the house, and in storage coolers on the patio.  One of the bedrooms in the residence had machining equipment to manufacture AR-15 style rifles.  1 complete non serialized rifle as well as 3 others in various stages of manufacturing, thousands of rounds of ammunition and over a dozen 30 round mags were recovered.   Outside the residence in the rear yard Agents located a complex commercial grade “Closed Loop” Butane Honey Oil (BHO) extraction system.  The system was fully functional and mid stage of processing Butane Honey Oil.  Over 1-pound Honey Oil was recovered from the system as well as from inside the house.  

The lab took almost 5 hours to safely disassemble and transport from the scene. 

Marshall’s whereabouts are unknown and a complaint for Manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.  Additional charges regarding weapons manufacturing are still being investigated. 

Sgt.  Chris Jacoby, SINTF Commander

Saturday, November 4, 2017, at approximately 3:26 p.m. deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were on routine patrol in the Cottonwood area.  They were actively looking for a wanted subject, Luis Javier Ayala (36 yrs.), who had four active felony arrest warrants and one misdemeanor arrest warrant.  Ayala failed to appear for sentencing from several previous cases.

They located a subject, later identified as Ayala, in the area of Main St. and Third St.  Ayala fled from the deputies on foot towards Brush St.  Deputies set up a perimeter in the area and believed Ayala was possibly in the backyard of a residence on Brush St. near Third St.


Several deputies were in the area along with officers from the Anderson Police Department. The CHP helicopter was also assisting.  Deputy Estes and his K-9 partner, Blitz, arrived on scene to assist in locating Ayala.  Ayala was ultimately located and apprehended by K-9 Blitz in the backyard of a residence on Brush St. 


Ayala was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.  Ayala was booked into the Shasta County Jail for his active warrants and resisting arrest.


Case 17-39273

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse

November 04, 2017


Friday, November 3, 2017, at 1:32 a.m., a Deputy Coroner Investigator responded to the scene of a fatal traffic collision near the intersection of Churn Creek Road and Hartnell Avenue.  The collision reportedly involved two vehicles, both of which sustained major damage when a Ford Freestyle collided with the rear of a Toyota Corolla.  Emergency personnel and officers of the Redding Police Department arrived on scene and found two of the five occupants of the Toyota had suffered significant injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.


Upon further investigation, the decedents who died as the result of this collision have been identified as follows: 19-year-old Erica Young of Hoopa, California and 18-year-old Wa-Rec Lacy Mae Jackson of Redding, California.  The next-of-kin of each decedent has been notified and postmortem autopsies have been scheduled.  This collision is being investigated by the Redding Police Department.

Lieutenant Randall

Chief Deputy Coroner

November 3, 2017


RPD Report No. 17-81472

Coroner No. C2017-0833

Coroner No. C2017-0834

 October 2017


Tuesday, October 31,  2017, at 1:37 P.M., deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Shasta County Probation Department, went to the home of William Bushnell, 5785 Olive St. Anderson, CA, to conduct a probation search.  Bushnell is on felony probation with a prior conviction for being armed while in possession of a controlled substance.


A 12 gauge Mossberg tactical shotgun and a Tec-22 pistol were found inside the house along with 131 rounds of ammunition of varying calibers. 


Bushnell was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition as well as violating the terms of his probation.  Bushnell was booked into the Shasta County Jail on the mentioned charges.       


Case 17-3879

Sergeant Gonzalez

Contact number (530) 245-6025

Monday, October 30, 2017 , at 9:00 p.m. deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office City of Shasta Lake Patrol Division responded to the report of a traffic collision in the area of Shasta Street and Toyon Avenue. Upon arrival in the area, deputies discovered a white Crown Victoria which, collided into a tree. At a nearby residence, deputies contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 21 year old Clarence James McKee, a resident of the City of Shasta Lake.


During contact with McKee, he displayed the objective symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. McKee was evaluated on scene and subsequently arrested for driving while under the influence alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC)  over .08%.


Case 17-38688

Sergeant Caleb MacGregor

October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017  at  7:25 p.m,.  deputies with the City of Shasta Lake Patrol Division, responded to the 1900 block of Cabello Street regarding a traffic collision involving three vehicles. Numerous 911 calls were received advising three occupants of the primary involved vehicle fled on foot from the scene of the collision.

Once on scene and after speaking to witness’s, deputies learned the unknown driver of a red Nissan Altima was observed in the area driving at an extremely high rate of speed. Near the intersection of La Mesa Avenue and Cabello Street, the driver of the red Nissan Altima lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle struck a curb where it became airborne and landed upright in the bed of a pickup truck parked in the driveway of a residence. The force of the impact caused the pickup to slide sideways, striking another vehicle and narrowly avoiding a collision with the residence.


All occupants of the Red Nissan Altima, exited and fled on foot. A search of the surrounding area met with negative results and the identity of the driver and occupants are unknown at this time. The suspect vehicle is a red, 2005 Nissan Altima with Connecticut license plates. No  bystanders were injured in this incident. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the driver of this vehicle is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta Lake City Station at (530)245-6040.


Case 17-22195

Sergeant Caleb MacGregor

October 30, 2017

Friday, October 28, 2017 at 6:35 a.m. Deputy Alex Houston responded to the Win River Casino, at 2100 Redding Rancheria Road, Redding, to conduct a follow up investigation. Deputy Houston’s investigation was concerning a previously reported vehicle burglary which occurred in the parking lot of the casino the previous day. As he was reviewing the video surveillance of the burglary and the suspect involved, provided by Win River Casino Security staff, he was notified the same suspect vehicle involved in the original vehicle burglary had just arrived in the parking lot. Deputy Houston was able to instantly review, both the video of the suspect from the previous burglary and the driver of the matching suspect vehicle, a Ford Bronco. The subject driving the Bronco matched the description, including his clothing, to the suspect in the original burglary.


 Deputy Houston and other deputies contacted the driver of the Bronco at the valet area of the casino and he identified himself as Shawn Lee Cunningham, of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Cunningham was detained and his vehicle, the Ford Bronco, was located in the parking lot. Deputies located a female in the vehicle, asleep in the passenger seat. The female, later identified as Ashley Marie Haugen, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, was awoken and displayed nervous behavior and signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance while speaking with Deputy Houston. Haugen attempted to reach into her purse numerous times, even when ordered to stop by Deputy Houston, for officer safety reasons during his investigation. Haugen was asked to exit the vehicle and, as she was exiting the vehicle, she informed Deputy Houston she had a firearm in her purse, and she may have a warrant for her arrest out of Oregon.


 Upon searching the Bronco, deputies located a loaded .357 revolver firearm in Haugen’s purse, which was found to be reported stolen. Deputies recognized numerous items of property inside the vehicle that matched the description of stolen property reported earlier in a BOLO by the Redding Police Department, concerning a residential burglary occurring in the City of Redding. Also located inside the vehicle were two additional stolen firearms, both having their serial numbers removed, several hundred rounds of live ammunition, methamphetamine, heroin, a digital scale, plastic baggies, several syringes, several pounds of processed marijuana, and various items of reported stolen property. Cunningham was also in possession of methamphetamine, approximately $1,700.00 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. 


 Upon questioning, Cunningham admitted to being the suspect involved in the original vehicle burglary Deputy Houston was investigating. After a records check, Cunningham was also found to be a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.


Cunningham and Haugen were both placed under arrest and booked in the Shasta County Jail. Cunningham was booked for 29900(a) (1) PC - Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 25850(c)(2) PC - Carrying a Stolen Loaded Firearm, 11370.1(a) H&S - Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed with a Firearm, 11379 H&S - Transportation, Sale, or Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and he is pending numerous other charges. Haugen was booked for 25850(a) PC - Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, 25850(c) (2) PC - Carrying a Stolen Loaded Firearm, 11370.1(a) H&S – Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed with a Firearm, 11379 H&S – Transportation, Sale, or Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and is also pending numerous other charges.


Some of the stolen property located inside Cunningham and Haugen’s vehicle was identified and returned to the victims of previously reported burglaries and thefts.


Case 17-38197

Sgt.  Garet Baldwin

Shasta County Sheriff's Office

Contact: 530-245-6540


October 25th, 2017, 12:48 a.m. a Deputy Coroner Investigator responded to a residence located at 12740 City View Drive Redding, California for a death investigation.  Detectives from the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit were already on scene and investigating the shooting death of an individual at that location.  The decedent was identified as 49 year old Mark Alan Turner of Redding, California.  The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem autopsy was completed.  The shooting remains under investigation by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. 


Lieutenant Randall
Chief Deputy Coroner

Case 17-37886

Coroner’s Report No. C2017-0807

Over the past eleven months the investigation into the abduction of Sherri Papini has been a top priority for the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.  A short time after the report of Sherri’s disappearance on November 2, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office consulted with the FBI, as well as numerous other local, state and federal agencies.  These agencies continue to assist the Sheriff’s Office in this investigation and their assistance is appreciated.     On November 2, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the original 9-1-1 call made by Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, who discovered Sherri missing from their home. A copy of the 9-1-1 call can be downloaded from: ​ At that time, the Sheriff’s Office initiated an extensive investigation to determine Sherri’s location.  The Sheriff’s Office utilized all appropriate resources to determine whether Sherri’s disappearance was voluntary or involuntary to include, but not limited to, looking into the Papini’s personal lives, interviewing friends, family members, past acquaintances and witnesses and reviewing surveillance video where available, as well as other pertinent information.  Over 20 search warrants were executed in the effort to determine Sherri’s whereabouts.  The search warrants remain sealed by order of the Shasta County Superior Court.  The Sheriff’s Office also conducted a polygraph exam of Keith and excluded him from involvement in Sherri’s disappearance.  Keith has volunteered to take an additional polygraph exam if needed for the investigation.    By November 17, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office had reviewed a voluminous amount of reports, tips and search warrant data.  In this review, the Sheriff’s Office discovered Sherri was texting with a male acquaintance from Michigan.  Days prior to Sherri’s disappearance, Sherri and the male acquaintance texted each in an attempt to meet while the he was in California.  Sheriff’s Office Detectives interviewed him in Michigan and determined he was not involved in Sherri’s disappearance.   On November 24, 2016, Thanksgiving Day, a trucker travelling northbound on Interstate 5 saw Sherri on the side of the highway in Yolo County and stopped to assist.  CHP and EMS responded.  Emergency personnel found Sherri bound with restraints.  Information about the restraints remains confidential as part of the on-going investigation.  Sherri later stated that she had been dropped off on the side of County Road 17 near Interstate 5 by one of her captors whom she described as a younger Hispanic female.    Sherri was taken to Woodland Memorial Hospital where evidence was collected, to include photographs of injuries and swabs for DNA analysis.  Sherri appeared battered and bruised, her hair had been cut to shoulder length and she had a brand on her right shoulder.  Sherri, however, stated she had not been sexually assaulted, and there is no physical evidence to indicate otherwise.  The Sheriff’s Office continues to examine the brand and its possible meaning, but details of the brand remain confidential as part of the on-going investigation.    Sheriff’s Office Detectives initially interviewed Sherri at the hospital.  Sherri provided detectives with limited details about what occurred on November 2, 2016, and a limited description of two female suspects - the only two people Sherri had contact with during her 22 days of captivity.  These suspects, however, made efforts to conceal their identities with face coverings.  Sherri described the suspects as:    Suspect #1:  younger adult Hispanic female, dark curly hair, pierced ears, thin eye brows   Suspect#2: older adult Hispanic female, straight black hair with some grey.  Thick eye brows   The California Department of Justice examined evidence collected from Sherri and two DNA profiles were compiled and uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), the national database that compares DNA profiles electronically with known offender profiles.  Keith was excluded.    Keith and Sherri Papini have remained in contact with the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.  Sherri, continues to provide details as she can recall them, but has not been able to provide a complete detailed statement due to her poor recollection.    An FBI sketch artist met with Sherri and rendered a sketch of each suspect as described by Sherri.  These sketches will be released by the FBI at;  It has taken time for Sherri to recover to a point to be able to provide accurate details to the sketch artist.  The sketches then needed to be finalized and approved for release by the FBI.        Sherri also described the suspect vehicle as a dark colored SUV with a large rear side window.  Sherri continues to look at photographs of various makes and models of SUV’s in an effort to provide a more detailed description.   The Sheriff’s Office has received over 600 tips from around the world in this investigation and continues to review all tips that it receives.  The Sheriff’s Office is aware of the multiple news headlines regarding reported kidnapping from other law enforcement agencies across the United States.  The Sheriff’s Office continues to follow up with those agencies to determine if the Sherri Papini investigation is related to any of those incidents.      The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office remains the lead investigative agency.   The FBI continues to assist in the investigation as it is both agencies’ goal to determine who is responsible for Sherri’s abduction.   Anyone with information about the location where Sherri was held, the suspect vehicle and/or identities of the two suspects are urged to contact the FBI at 916-746-7000 (select option 1), online at or your local FBI office.  A reward up to $10,000.00 has been established for information leading to the identification of the suspects.   This news release is in lieu of a press conference/interviews and no further details about the investigation will be released at this time due to the continuing open and active investigation.  Please check the Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter pages as updates about the investigation will be posted as they come available;


Case 16-40875

Sergeant Brian Jackson

October 25, 2017


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a battery just occurred at 12740 City View Drive, Redding CA after unknown subjects were reported as trespassing at the City View Drive address.  At 17:40 p.m. the property owner, identified as James Johnson recontacted dispatch and requested an ambulance for a gunshot victim at the location.  At approximately 7:52 p.m.  deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and found an adult male, 49 years of age, in the driveway of the residence deceased from an apparent shotgun wound to the neck and face.  The identity of the decedent will not be released pending next of kin notification.  Initial reports from deputies was that the decedent and an adult female identified as Barbara Baldo, 44 years of age, arrived at the residence to view the city lights from the Johnson’s driveway that overlooks the City of Redding. During this time, there was a physical altercation between Johnson and the decedent that escalated causing Johnson to shoot the decedent.  Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit were contacted and responded to investigate the circumstances.


Detectives spoke with the residents, Johnson and Baldo and learned that Baldo and the decedent arrived at the Johnson residence around 7:30 p.m. to look at the city lights.  Johnson contacted the decedent and Baldo who were parked approximately 50 yards from the Johnson residence off the Johnson driveway at a turnout in a white Ford Expedition SUV.  Johnson told the decedent and Baldo they were on private property and needed to leave.  There was an argument between Johnson and the decedent about the property being private or public. At one point the decedent started to drive away and attempted to run Johnson over.  The driver side mirror of the SUV hit Johnson in the stomach. Johnson swung his flashlight at the SUV and broke out the rear driver’s side window.  The decedent stopped the SUV and the altercation turned physical.  The decedent placed Johnson into a choke hold however Johnson was able to get free after biting the decedent at least once on the arm.  Johnson ran back to his residence fearing for his safety and the decedent chased after Johnson ripping Johnson’s shirt off of him as he fled.   Johnson armed himself with his 12 gauge shotgun out of fear for his and his family’s safety.   


The decedent eventually drove the white SUV at a high rate of speed up the driveway toward Johnson, his wife and an adult resident who were outside near the end of the driveway.  The SUV skidded to a stop in a gravel portion of the driveway 2-3 feet away from where Johnson, his wife and adult resident were standing.  The decedent backed the SUV up a short distance down the driveway and drove back at Johnson.  Johnson fearing for his life and safety fired one round of #7 bird shot from his shotgun striking the decedent in the neck and face preventing any further advancement of the SUV.   Detectives believe Johnson was approximately 10-20 feet away from the SUV when he fired the shotgun.  BB strikes near the window and driver’s side door frame of the SUV were located by Crime Scene personnel. The shotgun used during the shooting was confiscated as evidence.  Baldo who was seated in the front passenger seat was not injured during the shooting and was released after she spoke with detectives. 


Johnson has been cooperative with Detectives and was released after providing a statement and being processed for evidence.  Detectives will complete their investigation in the coming weeks and submit a case to the Shasta County District Attorneys’ Office for review of criminal charges for homicide.  The District Attorney’s office was consulted with during this investigation.  The Shasta County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy of the decedent and his name will be released once next of kin has been notified. 


If anyone has information regarding this investigation they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or at


Case 17-37886

Sergeant Brian Jackson

October 24, 2017


Tuesday, October 24, 2017,  7:38 p.m.  the Shasta County Sheriff Office responded to a silent robbery alarm call at the Riverland Market on Riverland Dr. The market is south of Knighton Rd. on Riverland Dr. which parallels Interstate 5 to the west. 


It was found an actual robbery had taken place at the market. The store clerk and sole occupant of the store at the time described to deputies of a male who had entered the market, distracted the clerk, then physically overpowered him and demanded he open the cash register drawer. The clerk, fearing for his safety, did as requested and the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register drawer. The suspect then exited the store and was last seen running northbound from the market along Riverland Dr. As the suspect exited the market, the clerk pushed the silent alarm button alerting law enforcement.  


The store clerk told deputies the male suspect was wearing a clown type mask concealing his face, a dark bandana, a blue shirt, long pants and blue gloves. Video surveillance from the store was operating at the time of the robbery and depicts as what the clerk described. The clerk, understandably upset from the incident, was not injured during the occurrence.


Deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol helicopter, searched the area but did not locate a suspect. The investigation is ongoing. If you should have any information related to this incident please contact the Sheriff’s Office through Shascom, our dispatch center, at 530-245-6540.


Case 17-37885

Deputy Jon Ruiz

October 24, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017, at 5:12 p.m., Spencer Mojarro (23 years), reported being the victim of a robbery. Mojarro said he received a phone call from the suspect, Tyler Stone (23 years), who was a friend of Mojarro. Stone told Mojarro he was unable to leave his residence and requested Mojarro bring him food and cigarettes, with the agreement he would pay Mojarro for the items when he arrived. Mojarro agreed and subsequently responded to Stones residence, 19167 Gravel Plant Road, Redding CA, with the requested items.


Upon arrival, Stone, met Majarro at the front door of the residence. After providing Stone with the food and cigarettes he requested, Mojarro asked Stone for the money he paid for the items. Stone then produced a handgun, pointing it at Mojarro’s head. Fearing for his life, Mojarro retreated back to his vehicle, fled the location and called law enforcement.


Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Gravel Plant Road address to contact Stone. Upon arrival, Stone attempted to flee the residence via a back door where, he was contacted by a waiting deputy and taken into custody without incident. The handgun used by Stone was recovered at the scene and determined to be a replica air soft gun, having the same features as a real handgun.


Stone was arrested and transported to the Shasta County Jail where, he was booked for a single count of robbery. Stone’s bail was set at $75,000.00.

Case 17-37360

Sergeant Caleb MacGregor

October 20, 2017


Friday, October 20, 2017 at 9:33 a.m., SHASCOM Dispatch Center received a report of a male subject brandishing a handgun. Mike McGarvey reported he contacted an unknown male subject, trespassing on his property, located on Fern Road in the Whitmore area. McGarvey advised after he confronted the unknown male subject, the unidentified man left the area in a gray colored Dodge pickup. McGarvey said while the unknown person was driving away, he brandished a silver colored handgun out the window of the pickup.


Shortly after the call was received, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, located a gray Dodge pickup, which matched the description provided by McGarvey. The suspect vehicle was observed traveling westbound on Whitmore Road. The helicopter pilot monitored the vehicle while waiting for ground units to arrive in the area; however, when the suspect vehicle reached the area of Whitmore Road and Brookdale Road, the vehicle pulled into the driveway of a residence and a male driver and a female passenger where observed exiting the vehicle. The male driver fled on foot and the female passenger remained near the vehicle.


Upon seeing the helicopter and a law enforcement presence in the area, staff at nearby Millville Elementary School, implemented precautionary measures and placed the school on a “Soft Lockdown.” 


An extensive search of the area was conducted by officers with the California Highway Patrol, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the Redding Police Department; however, neither the male subject nor the firearm were located.


The female passenger was identified as 28 year old Monique Solorio of Redding, California. Solorio claimed she did not know the identity of the male driver and was not in possession of any firearms.  Although, Solorio was in possession of a methamphetamine pipe; therefore, she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into the Shasta County Jail.


Case 17-37405

Sergeant Caleb MacGregor

October 21, 2017


Sunday October 8, 2017, at approximately 5:00 a.m. a vegetation fire started in the area of Argonaut Trail and Elk Trail East, in Bella Vista. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist CAL Fire with evacuations.


During the initial response, hard road closures were set up at Elk Trail East at Dry Creek Rd and Argonaut Trail at Dry Creek Rd restricting access to all public and residential traffic.  Due to high winds in the area a community notification was sent out by SHASCOM in the affected and surrounding areas.


As of 1:00 p.m.  the fire had consumed approximately 40 acres of grass and brush.  Hard closures at Elk Trail East and Argonaut Trail are being reduced to soft closures and will be open to residents only with proper identification.


At this time CAL Fire has numerous fire equipment in the area and they will be working throughout the rest of the day to extinguish the fire.  The roads are narrow in the area and the citizens are cautioned to slow down while driving in the area.


The evacuation center which was established at Redding School of the Arts is now closed.  No residences or structures were lost from today’s event.


Sergeant Rob Sandbloom

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office

October 8, 2017


Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:38 p.m. the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Julia Thompson that she had been robbed at gunpoint while at her residence at 17915 Latigo Way, Shasta Lake.


Thompson reported Ronald Dale Kuykendall, of Shasta Lake City, and another unknown male subject were found in her backyard, taking marijuana plants from her garden. Thompson confronted and tried to stop Kuykendall from taking the plants, but Kuykendall pointed a black handgun at Thompson’s head causing her to fear for her safety. Kuykendall took three large marijuana plants and left with the unidentified white male in a gray Ford Mustang.


Later, deputies located Kuykendall’s vehicle parked in front of his residence at 2124 Elizabeth Street #1, Shasta Lake. During a records check, Kuykendall was found to be on Felony Probation for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol helicopter, deputies surrounded the residence and made announcements to the occupants of the residence to exit. Three subjects approached the front door of the residence, but only Kuykendall exited, and he was detained. After numerous announcements and phone calls into the residence, ordering out the two remaining occupants, Jerry Shepard and Sandra Shepard, they refused to comply and exit the residence. After approximately 40 minutes, entry was made into the residence and the two were detained. A probation search was conducted on the residence.


After a search of the residence, the firearm used in the incident, the marijuana plants, and the other unidentified male suspect were not located.  Kuykendall’s identity was confirmed as the suspect who robbed Thompson at gunpoint, and he was arrested and booked for 211 PC – Robbery. Jerry Shepard and Sandra Shepard were both arrested and booked for 148(a) (1) PC – Obstruct/Delay a Peace Officer.


If anyone has any further information concerning this incident, please contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office or Shascom (530) 245-6540 to make a report.


Case  17-35762

Sergeant Garet Baldwin

October 7, 2017 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 8:05 a.m. Deputy Coroner Investigators responded to the report of a deceased person who was located near the intersection of Riverside Drive and North Court Street in the City of Redding.  The decedent has been positively identified as 50 year old Christopher Donald Miller of Redding, California.  The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem autopsy was completed this week.  Further information will available pending follow up investigation and toxicology results.


Coroner’s Report No. 2017-0752

Lieutenant Gene Randall

Chief Deputy Coroner

Redding Police No. 17-73344

October 6, 2017


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