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Dangerous suspect on the loose after shots fired in Siskiyou County

A man from Humboldt County who owns property in Siskiyou County is on the loose, and Siskiyou County Sheriff's deputies are trying to locate him.

Posted: Feb 27, 2021 2:03 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2021 3:27 PM

BIG SPRINGS, Calif. – A Humboldt County man who owns property in Siskiyou County is a suspect who is on the loose, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

36-year-old Jesse Charles Askey is 5’ 08” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. The Sheriff’s Office in Siskiyou County says if you see Askey you should use extreme caution as they do not know his mental state at this time. They said he may also be armed.

On Thursday night at approximately 7:15 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a “shots fired” call in the Big Springs area of Siskiyou County.

According to deputies, victims informed them that a man named Jesse Charles Askew of Humboldt County was responsible for firing multiple rounds.

Responding deputies said they heard more rounds being fired in the area. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joined the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office to search for their suspect.

A deputy and a CHP officer said they discovered Askew nearby. They said he surrendered a 9mm handgun, but then resisted arrest. Askey made an attempt to take the CHP officer’s duty rifle, according to a law enforcement report.

Officers said Askey, who owns property in the Big Springs area, ran away from them, and was not found in a subsequent search that was assisted with the CHP’s Air Operations H-14 helicopter.

As of Saturday afternoon, officers said Askew was still at large.

If you see him, you are warned to be extremely cautious and notify the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 841-2900.

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