“Ongoing dispute” leads to man’s shooting – Suspect arrested

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say an ongoing dispute between two men led to a shooting under the Clear Creek Bridge along State Route 273 in Redding early this morning, Tuesday, March 30. Within 35 minutes of the shooting, officers had located and arrested the man who now stands accused of the shooting.

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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the bridge at 2:17 a.m. after the victim called 911 and reported that he had been “shot in the gut” multiple times, according to official radio traffic at the time and since verified by Redding Police Sergeant Rob Garnero.

Based on the circumstances, officers responding to the scene requested additional resources and assistance from CHP and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office – who deployed every available area deputy to the location.

Officers and deputies began arriving at the scene within minutes of the dispatched call and quickly located the victim, 29-year-old, Fabian Ortiz, of Redding.

Despite suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Ortiz had managed to get from under the bridge to the highway above, where officers located him.

“He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he received emergency medical care,” Garnero explained; adding, “Ortiz sustained life-threatening injuries, but is expected to survive.”

Angel Hesse has been charged with attempted murder after repeatedly shooting a man he was alleged to have been having “an ongoing dispute” with. Redding Police Department photo

During their initial investigation, officers learned Ortiz had been involved in an ongoing feud with another male, since identified as 32-year-old, Angel Jesus Hesse, of Redding.

“Both men encountered each other at the Clear Creek Bridge, where Hesse used a handgun to shoot Ortiz multiple times before fleeing the scene in his white Lincoln Towne Car,” Garnero explained.

With countless officers and deputies flooded into and searching the surrounding area, a Redding police officer soon spotted Hesse in the Lincoln and officials conducted a high-risk, felony stop as Hesse entered the Win-River Casino parking lot.

Hesse was detained and was later positively identified as the man who shot Ortiz, according to Garnero; who said Redding PD’s Detective Division has assumed the investigation, which is ongoing.

After his arrest, Hesse was booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempted murder with a firearm, according to Garnero.

Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R020584 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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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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