Officers swarm Mount Shasta Mall in Redding after reports of girl carrying handgun

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say that reports of a girl walking through the Mount Shasta Mall in Redding while armed with a handgun brought a swarm of officers, who quickly located and detained a juvenile Thursday afternoon, April 29. The weapon she was reported to be carrying was determined to be a realistic-looking airsoft pistol.


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Multiple City of Redding police officers converged on the mall around 2:45 p.m. after a concerned citizen called 911 and reported an individual possibly in possession of a handgun inside the mall, Redding Police Sergeant Mark Montgomery has since said of the incident.

When officers arrived they located and detained a female juvenile who matched the description provided by the 911 caller.

“It was quickly determined the handgun was, in fact, an airsoft pistol with an orange tip,” explained Montgomery. “The juvenile admitted to handling the airsoft pistol inappropriately, and carrying it in such a way that the orange tip was not visible.”


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At the conclusion of their investigation, the girl, whose name and age were not released, was released to her parent.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R027983 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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