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Concerned Redding resident scares off prowler using their gun

A concerned resident used their personal firearm to scare off a man prowling his neighbor's vehicles. The prowler was later arrested by Redding Police who used a K-9 to locate him.

Posted: Jan 25, 2020 3:13 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2020 3:14 PM

REDDING, Calif - On Jan 25 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a family living off Elizabeth Way in Redding noticed a male subject prowling around their neighbor’s vehicles.

Police say the victims went outside and yelled at the male subject. The male subject, identified as Jordan Ericsson, 27, from Redding, yelled back at the victim and reached towards his waistband like he had a firearm.

Police say Ericsson removed what appeared to be a firearm and walked towards the victim’s residence. The victim, who is a concealed weapon permit holder, pointed his firearm at Ericsson who he believed was armed and coming towards his family. Ericsson fled into the neighborhood.

Officials say within minutes Officer Williams arrived and deployed his partner K-9 Otto to search for the subject. Additional Officers arrived and began looking for Ericsson. Ericsson, who had been hiding in a yard, quickly surrendered to officers.

Police say a search of Ericsson yielded a blue lighter that had a pistol-like grip on it. No firearm was located in a search of Ericsson and/or the neighborhood.

According to police Ericsson admitted to checking car door handles in the neighborhood and removing a purse from an unlocked vehicle at a different residence. Ericsson said he did not have a firearm but used his cell phone to imitate a firearm.

Ericsson is on probation out of Shasta County for Burglary. A search of Ericsson’s property we located burglary tools and heroin.

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