WEED, Ore. — Two people are in police custody after a tense incident Wednesday morning that culminated with one suspect reportedly exchanging shots with witnesses, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
Dispatch first received the report just after 7:30 a.m., with the caller claiming that a man armed with a rifle was pointing at people near Carnes Road and Shasta Vista Drive in the Mt. Shasta Vista subdivision near Weed, California.
Further callers reported that the man had actually fired the rifle, hitting the ground. Callers also claimed that the man had fired at them from about 20 feet away, although the shot missed.
Eventually, the callers said, there were multiple people armed with guns — trading shots with the original gunman, later identified as 41-year-old Rick Calvin Case of Fort Jones.
"Shots were allegedly exchanged between the assailant and those reporting the incident," said SCSO in a statement.
When SCSO deputies began to arrive about 15 minutes after the first report, the callers would claim that Case had stashed his rifle as the approaching sirens became audible.
SCSO said that the deputies waited to develop a "tactical plan" before approaching Case and a woman who was with him, later identified as 35-year-old Terra Stanley of Yreka — both of whom were still said to be in the area.
A short time later, deputies found Case and Stanley in a private driveway near Chipmunk and Carnes Road, taking them both into custody without incident. After a search, a deputy discovered a rifle believed to be the one that Case had hidden.
"We are grateful the prompt and decisive actions of deputies involved in the response to this dangerous situation led to a peaceful resolution," said Sheriff Jon Lopey.
Case has been charged with Attempted Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Conspiracy, Violating Terms of Probation, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of Ammunition.
Stanley has been charged with being an Accessory to a Felony Crime, Criminal Conspiracy, and Trespassing.
"I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the alert and skilled SCSO public safety dispatcher who teamed-up with the citizens reporting this incident," said Lopey.
"Together, very accurate and timely information was exchanged and relayed to the involved units, which ultimately helped lead to the safe resolution of this tense, rapidly evolving, and uncertain situation. It is always helpful when citizens get involved and report accurate and timely information to law enforcement authorities about crimes in progress. Again, we thank those involved for their reports and assistance with this case.”