UPDATE: Cottonwood deadly shooting happened at marijuana grow operation

UPDATED: Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m., With additional details from Shasta County Sheriff’s Office

Originally published: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.

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COTTONWOOD, Calif. — Authorities investigating a double shooting that left one person dead in West Cottonwood early Tuesday morning, Nov. 3, say the property the couple was shot at was being used as an illicit marijuana growing operation.

“Based on witnesses’ statements and evidence collected at the scene, this shooting appears to be an isolated incident and there is no risk to public safety at this time,” Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit Sgt. Kyle Wallace has since said of the deadly incident.


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Deputies from the South County Patrol Station were dispatched to a property in the 4000 block of Two Feathers Rd., about a mile north of Gas Point Rd., about 1:42 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, according to Wallace; who reported, “When deputies arrived they found two people who suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.”

The victims, since identified as Ciaara Robberson, 19, of Redding, and Isaac Patino, 22, of McKinleyville, were in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship according to Robberson’s mother.

Roberrson was rushed by ground ambulance to an area hospital while Patino was airlifted by helicopter from West Valley High School to a trauma center where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

“Robberson is expected to survive and is still being treated for her injuries sustained during the shooting,” said wallace.

During their initial investigation deputies determined the property was being used as a marijuana growing operation and contacted the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit who ultimately assumed the investigation.

While processing the scene of the deadly shooting officials found several makeshift outbuildings and a dilapidated travel trailer that appeared uninhabitable.

“The marijuana operation had already been processed and removed from the property prior to this incident,” said Wallace.

The Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 20S034858 and 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.