Teen fatally shoots man during ShasCo domestic violence incident

WHITMORE, Calif. — Authorities say a 16-year-old shot and killed a man during a violent domestic incident involving the deceased subject and a woman Friday evening, Sept. 11. Although officials have said the teen was related to both parties involved in the violent encounter, they have not specified exactly how the three were related.

No arrests have been made in the deadly shooting, which happened on the 10500 block of Tessa Ln., in the unincorporated Shasta County community of Whitmore, located about 20 miles north of Shingletown.

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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s South County Enforcement Division were dispatched to the residence at 7:22 p.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit Sergeant Kyle Wallace has since reported.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Patrick James Sims, 46, of Whitmore, deceased from a single gunshot wound.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit were summoned and ultimately assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, detectives learned that Sims and his wife, who will remain confidential, had been in a physically abusive relationship for more than 20 years.

Officials have also said Sims had a violent criminal history dating back to 1996, when he was convicted of stabbing a police officer in Modoc County.

Sims also had several other convictions for assaults, domestic violence, weapons charges, possession of stolen property, and possession of narcotics, according to Wallace.

“On Friday night, Sims and the confidential victim got into a verbal dispute that turned physically violent,” Wallace has since said.

As the violence against the confidential victim continued, the teen – who will remain unidentified due to his age and circumstances of this investigation, “obtained a firearm from inside the residence and came to the aid of the confidential victim,” Wallace explained; saying, “During that intervention, Sims was shot and killed.”

All known witnesses have been contacted and no arrest has been made in the Sheriff’s ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 20S028677 and can remain anonymous.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.

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