Felon on probation caught burglarizing Shasta Lake business surrenders to K-9 Fritz

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif., — Authorities say a knife-wielding felon who was already on probation for weapons violations was arrested after a brief armed standoff after being caught burglarizing a City of Shasta Lale business early Sunday morning, May 8.

The business where the attempted burglary occurred, Dan’s Optical, located at 4624 Shasta Dam Boulevard, sustained thousands of dollars in damages according to officials.


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Deputies with the City of Shasta Lake Patrol Division were dispatched to the business around 12:57 a.m. after a citizen reported seeing an adult male enter the business by smashing a window and climbing inside, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Trever Gusaas has since reported.

With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, a perimeter was established around the building and responding patrol deputies noticed a window along the north wall of the business that had been broken. Deputies also noticed that items were strewn around inside the closed business, according to Gusaas.

Jason Sisk was arrested after surrendering to Shasta County Sheriff’s K-9 Fritz while burglarizing a City of Shasta Lake business early this morning. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office photos

Deputies soon spotted the would-be burglar, since identified as 35-year-old Jason Franklin Sisk, standing in the main lobby area of the business.

Sisk, who was seen holding a large, fixed blade kitchen style knife according to Gusaas, was initially non-compliant with deputies, who ordered him to drop the knife.

“After repeated commands, he eventually dropped the knife but refused to step away from it or follow further commands to allow deputies to safely effect an arrest,” Gusaas went on to explain; saying deputies deployed a less-lethal, bean bag projectile which caused Sisk to briefly step away from the knife.

After retreating behind a partition and away from deputies’ view, K-9 “Fritz” was retrieved, and Sisk was provided admonishment to comply, Gusaas continued, saying, “Upon seeing and hearing K-9 Fritz, Sisk complied and laid down on the ground allowing deputies to safely take him into custody.”


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During their subsequent investigation, deputies located several rolls of coins in Sisk’s pockets and found the felon had caused several thousand dollars in damages to the business.

Sisk was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of burglary, obstructing a peace officer, and vandalism.

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

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s City of Shasta Lake Patrol Division at (530) 245-6025. Callers can refer to incident file number 22S013421 and can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.