Armed assault on staff member at Redding group home leads to standoff, arrest of registered arson offender

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a registered arson offender was arrested after allegedly assaulting a staff member with a metal rod and causing a disturbance and armed standoff at a Redding group home Friday, May 20.

Other residents and staff of the group home were evacuated as a result of the disturbance, after the man armed himself with a knife and refused to be taken into custody, leading to the use of a police service dog to safely apprehend the armed felon.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the group home around 5:15 p.m. after receiving reports that a registered arson offender, Mikhail Kyung Peterson, 38, of Redding, was causing a disturbance occurring at the location, Redding Police Corporal Josiah Ferrin has since reported.

While officers were headed to the scene, they learned Peterson had assaulted a staff member with a metal rod before arming himself with a kitchen knife.

Mikhail Kyung Peterson, a 38 year-old registered arson offender, was taken down by Redding PD’s K-9 Otto and arrested after an armed standoff at a Redding group home yesterday afternoon. Redding PD photos

Once at the group home, officers were able to safely evacuate the staff and other residents out of the home and away from Peterson, who eventually walked out onto a second-story balcony where he began throwing objects at the officers outside, according to Ferrin, who said, “Peterson also threw lit cigarettes outside, which posed a fire hazard due to ‘red flag’ conditions.”

Based on the circumstances, members of Redding PD’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to assist in de-escalating the situation and negotiating with Peterson.

As the armed standoff continued, Peterson refused to de-escalate or communicate and continued throwing objects at officers, including a heavy glass decoration that narrowly missed striking one officer, according to Ferrin.

“In order to prevent harm to the officers and bystanders present, and to apprehend Peterson, Officer Leonard deployed his partner K-9 Otto,” Ferrin went on to explain, saying, “Otto was successful in apprehending Peterson, safely concluding the incident.”

Peterson was medically cleared for booking at Mercy Medical Center for minor injuries sustained during his apprehension and later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, brandishing a weapon, and vandalism. He was also booked for violating the terms of his parole.

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


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Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R031118 and can remain anonymous.

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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.