Bean bag blasts take down man who tried to take officer’s gun, jumped into Sacramento River

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man who fought with officers and attempted to take an officer’s firearm and baton before jumping into the Sacramento River to elude arrest, was ultimately apprehended after officers used several well-placed bean bag shotgun blasts to take the violent and combative man into custody.

A woman who vandalized a patrol vehicle was also arrested after the bizarre incident, which happened in the area of Weldon and Freebridge streets, Thursday morning, May 6.


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Yesterday’s wild incident began around 11 a.m. when a Redding police officer was dispatched to the area to investigate a suspicious persons call, Redding Police Sergeant Jon Sheldon later said of the incident and arrests.

After arriving in the area, the officer spotted a man and woman matching the description provided by the 911 caller and attempted to contact the pair, who were later identified as Isreal Ignacio Moreno, 27, and Savannah Kay Challe, 23.

Officers arrested a man and woman after a violent confrontation that resulted in a patrol vehicle being damaged. RPD photos

“Moreno was immediately confrontational with the officer and refused to follow repeated verbal commands,” Sheldon explained; saying Moreno then attacked the officer and attempted to take both his duty firearm and baton.

As the struggle with Moreno continued, Challe climbed on the officer’s marked patrol car and began jumping on the roof, causing significant damage to the vehicle, according to the Sergeant.

Moreno was eventually able to struggle free from the officer and fled to the nearby Sacramento River, where he jumped in and swam away from the shoreline.

“While in the river, he continued to be defiant with officers,” said Sheldon.

When Moreno continued to refuse officers’ orders to exit the river, they requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol’s Northern Air Division and Shasta County Boating Safety Unit, who responded to the scene to assist with Moreno’s apprehension.

Moreno eventually swam to the east bank where officers contacted him again and attempted to arrest him, but Moreno continued to refuse to follow officers commands.

Due to Moreno’s aggressive and confrontational behavior, officials at the scene used a less-lethal bean bag shotgun to take Moreno into custody, Sheldon explained.

Online jail records indicate Moreno remains in custody where he is being held without bail, while Challe has since been released from custody.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R029783 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.