Shots fired at Anderson woman lead to arrest of teens

ANDERSON, Calif. — Authorities say a woman who confronted two trespassers at her Anderson apartment complex and later followed the pair in her car Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11, was repeatedly shot at by one of the suspects, since identified as a juvenile from Vacaville, CA. 

Both the juvenile shooter and an adult female were later arrested after the violent, mid-day encounter, which occurred near the intersection of Piñon Ave. and Yellow Finch Dr., according to Anderson Police Department.

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City of Anderson police officers were dispatched to the area around 12:15 p.m., after receiving reports of possible gun shots heard in the area.

When officers arrived they found nobody in the area, but located shell casings and other evidence that a shooting had taken place, APD has since reported.

Although no pictures have been released of the teenage boy who fired upon an Anderson woman have been released, Cierra Harris can be seen in this photo following her apprehension. Anderson PD photo

While officers were processing the scene for evidence related to the shooting, a woman called 911 to report she had been shot at. Officers soon learned the victim had confronted two subjects who had jumped over the security fence of her apartment complex, trespassing onto the property. ‘

While confronting the pair, one of them brandished a handgun and threatened to shoot the victim.

“The subjects then left the apartment complex in a vehicle, which the victim followed,” according to APD.

As the victim followed the vehicle to the area of Piñon Ave. and Yellow Finch Dr., the passenger of the suspect’s vehicle began shooting at the victim’s vehicle, striking it several times.

Despite being repeatedly fired upon, the victim managed to obtain and later provide the suspect vehicle’s license plate as well as photos of both subjects to investigators.

Despite searching the area, officers were not immediately able to locate the suspects or their vehicle.

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Several hours later, at around 4 p.m., Anderson police officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Highway 273 and Canyon Dr. in the City of Redding.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the driver, Cierra Ski Harris, of Antioch, without incident.

After positively identifying Harris as the person who was seen driving the car when the passenger opened fire on the victim, officers arrested her. Although APD officials described Harris as being 19-years-old, jail records listed her as being 18.

As their investigation continued, officers developed additional information on the suspected shooter and learned he was a 16-year-old juvenile from Vacaville, CA.

After learning where the teen was possibly hiding, officers began surveilling the area and eventually observed the boy leaving a residence as a passenger in an unrelated vehicle.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the juvenile was detained without incident.

Officials did not specify if the weapon used in the shooting was located and recovered as evidence.

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Later interviewed by detectives, both subjects confessed to their involvement in the shooting, according to APD; who said the juvenile was booked into the Shasta County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

Harris was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of being an accessory to attempted murder. Online jail records indicate she remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Duncan at (530) 378-6610 or via email. Callers can remain anonymous.


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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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