Disagreement over chainsaws leads to gunfire inside Burney home

BURNEY, Calif. — Authorities say a convicted Burney felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition was arrested after firing a rifle at his roommate during a disagreement involving two chainsaws early Thursday evening, Oct. 22.

The violent encounter and arrest happened at a private residence on the 37000 block of Bue Way, southwest of Grogan St. and Birch Ave.


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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney Patrol Station were dispatched to the home around 6:16 p.m., after SHASCOM received a 911 call reporting shots fired at the location, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Estes reported after the arrest.

Burney resident Gary Howard told emergency dispatchers that his 38-year-old roommate, Larry Holdaway, fired a rifle at him during the chainsaw disagreement.

When deputies arrived “they surrounded the residence and ordered Holdaway to exit the residence with his hands above his head,” Estes explained. “After a short period, Holdaway exited the residence and was detained without incident.” 

Once Holdaway was safely detained, deputies interviewed multiple witnesses who corroborated Howards’ account and learned Holdaway fired one round from a .22 caliber rifle toward Howards feet while they were arguing inside the residence.

After obtaining a “full confession” from Holdaway, he told deputies where he had concealed the rifle and consented to a search of his residence, according to Estes.

Deputies then searched the home and located a loaded rifle behind a couch in the living room; which was seized as evidence.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Holdaway and he was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of assault with a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and brandishing a firearm. 

Online jail records indicate Holdaway remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond.

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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.