Shots fired outside Redding home leads to Weaverville felon’s arrest for attempted murder
REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a shooting in a residential Redding neighborhood led to the arrest of a Trinity County felon Saturday afternoon, April 23.
The intended targets were not struck by the gunfire, which occurred in the 2900 block of Anita Street, northeast of Hwy 273 and Wyndham Avenue, according to officials.
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City of Redding police officers were alerted to the shooting around 3:37 p.m. after a man called 911 and reported he was following a man who had just brandished a handgun and then shot at him and others in front of a residence within the Parkview neighborhood, Redding Police Corporal Ferrin has since said of the shooting and subsequent arrest.
Responding to the area with guidance from the victim who was continuing to follow the alleged gunman, officers quickly located and detained Anthony Sousa Demedeiros, 50, of Weaverville.
Anthony Demedeiros was arrested after officials say he shot a handgun at another man inside a Redding neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Redding PD photos
Officers confirmed Demedeiros was the suspect who fired the handgun at the victims and located a loaded .22 caliber revolver in Demedeiros’ vehicle. Officers also found an illegal sap, or billy club.
As a felon, Demedeiros is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition and based on their investigative findings, officers arrested him.
He was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of more than a dozen, mostly-felony charges, including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying an unregistered handgun, possession of a sap, carrying a loaded firearm with prior offenses, carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony, brandishing a firearm, prohibited person possessing ammunition, and prohibited person possessing a firearm.
Online jail records indicate Demedeiros remains in custody in lieu of $510,000 bail or bond.
Officials have not said what may have led to the shooting and no further details have been released.
Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R024963 and can remain anonymous.
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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.)
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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.
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