District attorney finds Redding police shooting justified

The Shasta County District Attorney has found that officers involved in a July 2018 shooting are justified.

Posted: May 23, 2019 10:17 AM
Updated: May 23, 2019 10:20 AM

REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County District Attorney has found that officers involved in a July 2018 shooting are justified.

Just before 6 a.m. on July 23, 2018, officers were dispatched to Shasta High School due to reports of an assault on campus. A school district employee told officers that a man he did not recognize punched him in the head multiple times and threatened to kill him. 

Around 8:26 a.m. on the same day, officers in the area searching for the suspect also responded to reports of a residential burglary on Overhill Drive. 

Video surveillance was available to authorities during both incidents. They were able to identify the suspect as Masa Warden, 32. 

Officers then received reports of a man matching the description of the suspect engaging in threatening behavior near the river trail. 

At around 9:47 a.m., officers found Warden in the river trail area. After multiple attempts to get Warden to comply and show officers his hands, he continued to reach for his waistband, which made officers think he had a weapon. 

Warden received multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body and received medical treatment on scene and at a hospital after he was detained. 

Investigators determined that Warden was a wanted fugitive out of Las Vegas, NV. At the time of the shooting, he was on probation for kidnapping and had an active warrant for his arrest for probation violation. 

Criminal charges were filed against Warden for an assault on the Shasta High School employee, the residential burglary, and resisting arrest by force or violence. He pled to the crimes and was sentenced to four years in state prison in August of 2018. 

To read the district attorney's full report, CLICK HERE, or see below. 

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