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Lassen Sheriff’s Office Releases New Details in Janesville Shooting Death

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Late this afternoon Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon released new details surrounding his agency’s investigation into a shooting death that occurred Monday evening on Hick’s Road in Janesville.

As reported in an earlier story, the Susanville CHP Communications Center began receiving reports of a reckless driver in a white pickup truck with “U-Haul” decals traveling northbound on Highway 395 in the area of the Honey Lake Rest Area at around 7:00p.m.

A Susanville Area CHP Officer spotted the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on US 395 and used his radar to measure the vehicle’s speed at 105 miles per hour.

Because of the suspect’s excessive speed the CHP unit lost sight of the vehicle, but a passing motorist notified the officer that the man had turned onto Hicks Road, then southbound onto Ponderosa Drive. The CHP Officer located the vehicle on Ponderosa Drive.

The officer contacted the suspect, who refused to obey commands, and a vehicle pursuit ensued for approximately one-mile up Ponderosa Drive, until they reached the intersection of Hicks Road and Ponderosa Drive, where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and collided with another vehicle traveling south on Hicks Road.

The solo-occupant of the third vehicle, who was not identified, sustained injuries in the collision and their condition is not known at this time.

The suspect fled the scene of the collision on foot as additional CHP Officers and Lassen County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area.

“Residents of a dwelling located south-west of the collision and on Hicks Road yelled out and summoned CHP officers,” explains Sheriff Growdon in the report. “Upon reaching the residence, the officers observed a pickup truck in the back yard of the residence, and they learned that the homeowner had shot a single-round from a handgun at the solo occupant of the truck.”

According to Growdon the vehicle’s occupant was believed to be the suspect who had fled the scene of the vehicle collision.

CHP officers checked the driver and found no signs of life. The subject was declared deceased by a Lassen County Deputy Coroner and CHP officers and Sheriffs deputies secured the scene.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office were called out to lead the possible homicide investigation, while CHP investigated the vehicle collision.

Growdon said that based on the evidence collected at the scene and witness statements, it appears that the following events occurred after the collision: the suspect fled the crash scene through an area with trees, bushes, and tall grass, reaching a residence on Hicks Road where he armed himself with a beer bottle. He then entered the attached garage of the residence through an open roll-up garage door. From there the suspect entered the living space of the house through a door from the garage and confronted the residents.

“The suspect held the beer bottle over his head and threatened to kill the family if they did not turn over their car keys,” said Growdon.

“The adult female resident retrieved a set of keys and a handgun from another room. She gave the keys to the suspect, and the handgun to the adult male resident. The adult male resident told the suspect to stop and put his hands up, as well as other verbal commands.”

The suspect did not comply, according to the report, and fled the home through the garage door. The resident followed the suspect out of the home and saw that the suspect was in his pickup truck, which he was attempting to steal.

The suspect accelerated and drove toward the adult male resident who fired one round from a handgun at the man behind the wheel. The vehicle came to a stop after traveling a short distance.

Officers arrived on scene a short time later.

“The identity of the deceased suspect will not be released until positive identification is made,” said Growdon. “Washoe County Medical Examiner is performing a post-mortem examination.”

The incident is still under investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Lassen County District Attorney.


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46 Responses to Lassen Sheriff’s Office Releases New Details in Janesville Shooting Death

  1. Lori Olah

    Lori Olah

    Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    If stupid California is going to prosecute this hero, then tell me where to send a check for his defense. If we all helped to get him the best lawyer………
    Just saying 😏😏😏

  2. Jessica Ocegueda

    Jessica Ocegueda

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Times like this make me wish we had a Castle Doctrine or Stand your ground law – I hope the homeowner isn’t charged but leaving the house to pursue the criminal is going to be iffy in court.

  3. Owen Lawson

    Owen Lawson

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    We need common sense uhaul rental laws now!!

  4. James Fannon

    James Fannon

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    For once the suspect doesn’t get to go to camp snoopy. Where California tax payers can provide free room and board and don’t forget all the free medical care he an dream up. Only to claim a bogus disability and get more free sh_t from hard working tax payers and be let out early from governor Brown, because it’s not a violent crime . Governor brown changed the meaning of violent so he could let more criminals out of prison.

  5. Megan Huber

    Megan Huber

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Mike Huber

  6. Connie Hixon Davis

    Connie Hixon Davis

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I wanna know who the scum bag is!

  7. Gina Crane

    Gina Crane

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Keith Lockardd

  8. Michel Davis

    Michel Davis

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Sandy Stout-Davis

  9. Jony Turan Dherdu

    Jony Turan Dherdu

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Ankit Choudhary

  10. Dawn Scofield Luckett

    Dawn Scofield Luckett

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Aunt Mare Bakerthis is why u need to move here in that cute little house

  11. Rebecca Jones

    Rebecca Jones

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Dana Stokes

  12. Gregg Aleck

    Gregg Aleck

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Jury nullification

  13. Jill Gann McCloughan

    Jill Gann McCloughan

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    And that folks is why you are not taking our guns from us!!! They are necessary to defend our property and family from dirt bags.

  14. Norma Sierra

    Norma Sierra

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Veronica Danner Lee Danner

  15. Peggy Navarrete

    Peggy Navarrete

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Denise Beneke Schulz Liscom Sean Liscom

  16. Tony Malfi

    Tony Malfi

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    He was driving towards the home owner. Vehicle becomes a weapon. Good for the home owner. One more shit head gone

  17. Charris Avelino

    Charris Avelino

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Why did she give the suspect the keys if she also had the handgun? Could have given both to her husband.

  18. Chris Erwin

    Chris Erwin

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Good that another scumbag is gone but the homeowner will be facing charges most likely. It sucks but the law is the law.

  19. BobnPeg Navarrete

    BobnPeg Navarrete

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Peggy Navarrete

  20. Trezure Fenton

    Trezure Fenton

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Unfortunately in California he will most likely be charged, or at least the case presented to grand jury. It’s weird how laws work.

  21. Tim Stout

    Tim Stout

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    The vehicle is considered a deadly weapon. S32lf defence

    • Chris Erwin

      Chris Erwin

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Going out after the suspect after he has fled the residence the victims lives were no longer in immidiate danger. Going to be questionable at the very least.

    • Cayla Martinez

      Cayla Martinez

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Sadly what Chris Erwin is saying is usually how the courts look at it.

    • Yvette Neely

      Yvette Neely

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Chris Erwin except for when the fool tried to ram home owner with vehicle.

  22. Katia Weatherford

    Katia Weatherford

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Dwight Weatherford

  23. Shirley Shepherd

    Shirley Shepherd

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Good for the homeowner kudos that’s why we have guns to protect ourselves from scum bags

  24. Ivan Vera

    Ivan Vera

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like a good shot

  25. Chris Erwin

    Chris Erwin

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Homeowner should have shot him when he was threatning them with the beer bottle in the house. No witnesses to say he wasnt coming after them with the bottle. Going after a suspect after the suspect fled the house and got into a vehicle? Might not fly too well with a jury or judge?

    • Joshua Easley

      Joshua Easley

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      he went out with the firearm to stop the suspect and the shitbag drove the vehicle at him escalating to attempted assault with deadly weapon and opening the door to be shot in the face.

    • Chris Erwin

      Chris Erwin

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      Thats the problem though. The victim went out after the suspect and shot him. Once the suspect fled the residence and got into a vehicle the victims lives were no longer in immidiate danger. Dont get me wrong I am all for that suspect getting shot but it should have been done when he was threatning them in the house with the bottle. I know in that situation there is adrenaline flowing and sometimes decisions are made that might not work out in favor of the victims.

    • Trezure Fenton

      Trezure Fenton

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Chris Erwin that’s how the law reads I think too. We dont have to agree with a law for it to be a law…..

    • Chris Erwin

      Chris Erwin

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Yeah California is not very forgiving in these situations. Sucks big time for people just trying to protect themselves, family or property!

    • Renee Manous Burkett

      Renee Manous Burkett

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      The victim was protecting his property. I think the guy got what he had coming.

    • Joshua Easley

      Joshua Easley

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Chris Erwin no, he didn’t go after him and shoot him. it says he went out. and then the guy tried to run him over. Nothing in law says you have to hide in your house while guy steals your shit.

      people get into trouble because they literally go after the thieves and shoot after the threat has left.

      this guy was in the clear when he had a vehicle used as a weapon.

    • Belinda Lawson

      Belinda Lawson

      Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      The owner was protecting his property why would he not be with in his rights

    • Chris Erwin

      Chris Erwin

      Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      He went in pursuit of the suspect as the suspect was fleeing and not presenting immediate danger to anyones life. Its the same as you shoot someone that is on your house in the back, California is going to say how did you feel your life was threatened when the suspect wasn’t even facing towards you when you shot him/her? Again I am all for self defense and firearms but this situation may not be that simple is all I am saying.

  26. Chris Erwin

    Chris Erwin

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I’m not sure the homeowner is going to get away with that one? Don’t get me wrong I would have probably done the same thing in that situation but the way it reads the home owner will probably be charged.

    • Sharon Schuster

      Sharon Schuster

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      I think he will have most in town backing him

    • Chris Erwin

      Chris Erwin

      Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      I agree. I just don’t trust the justice system to back him. He technically did break the law. But I guess we will see! I hope somehow the victims arent charged but it is California!

    • Paul J. Albers

      Paul J. Albers

      Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Chris Erwin , I hope that the truck left tire tracks indicating a very fast forward projectile movement towards the homeowner, fear for the homeowners life.

    • Chris Erwin

      Chris Erwin

      Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Well the problem is the homeowner went out after the suspect after the suspect fled the residence! Once that happened the homeowners life was no longer in immediate danger! Thats going to be the hiccup with this! If the homeowner never went after the suspect the suspect would not have driven the vehicle towards the homeowner because he would still be in the house. Im all for this scumbag getting what he deserved but at the same time California doesn’t seem to want to side with people protecting themselves or family unless the victim can ran through all the do’ s and dont’s before they pull the trigger which we all know in a moment like that it isn’t going to happen!

  27. Tia Dixon

    Tia Dixon

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Who is the deceased?

  28. Jemini Blauser

    Jemini Blauser

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Elvis De Sousa

  29. Matt Turner

    Matt Turner

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Good shoot.

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