Armed incident with shots fired in Redding leads to parolee’s arrest

REDDING, Calif., — Although few official details have been released, authorities have confirmed that a felon who allegedly discharged a firearm and was considered to be armed and dangerous was arrested after a multi-agency search and investigation in Redding Saturday, Oct. 2. Although a second handgun-wielding suspect reported to be involved in the incident was not apprehended, the shooting that led to the arrest happened in the 4200 block of Baywood Drive, northeast of Lake Boulevard and Northpoint Drive, according to officials.

Yesterday’s investigation led to a Code Red notification for area residents and caused an hour-long Shelter-in-Place to be ordered for all residences and businesses within a half-mile radius of where the shooting occurred.

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Redding Police Department announced yesterday in a social media release that they were searching for a man reported to be armed with a semiautomatic handgun. In their release they described the man as being armed and dangerous and cautioned area residents to remain in their homes and to avoid the area if possible.

Officials have not described the original incident that brought Redding PD patrol officers and SWAT members, along with California Highway Patrol’s Northern Division Air Operations to the area to search for the men, both of whom were reported to have fled from the area.

However, official radio traffic at the time that has not yet been confirmed indicated that a man, since identified as Adam Garrett Parsons, 37, of Redding, had brandished and possibly fired a rifle, with reports indicating that multiple 911 callers reported hearing shots fired in the area.

Flight radar shows the path and pattern flown by CHP’s H-14 while searching for two men reportedly involved in an armed confrontation where shots were fired yesterday. One of the two men, Adam Parsons, was arrested and has been booked on multiple charges related to the incident. First image courtesy of FlightRadar24, second image courtesy of Redding PD

While officers were responding to the 5:30 p.m. incident, they received updates that the alleged gunmen had fled from the area and one was last seen jumping a fence and fleeing northbound on Lake Boulevard and then east near the Best Value mini storage with his firearm.

Within minutes, officers reported finding Parsons in the area and took him into custody. It was not immediately known if officers recovered the rifle Parsons was reported to have fired. After Parson’s apprehension, radio traffic indicated officers were continuing to search the area for a second handgun-wielding man reportedly involved in the incident.

That man was described as a Hispanic male adult, wearing a blue shirt, black pants with a green belt and unknown color backpack. He was reportedly armed with a firearm described as a gray, semi-automatic handgun and was last seen heading toward the greenbelt area near the railroad tracks.

Officials lifted the Code Red and Shelter-in-Place around 6:40 p.m., after the second reported subject was not located.

Redding PD’s tactical armored rescue vehicle was used during yesterday’s search for two firearm-wielding men after shots were reportedly fired in the Baywood Drive area of Redding yesterday. Redding PD photo

After his arrest, Parsons was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of brandishing/exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner, negligent discharge of a firearm, providing false information to a peace officer and violation of parole.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody where he is being held without bail.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident or subsequent search.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R064629 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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