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Redding Police Officers responded to the Dollar General store on Lake Blvd. on Saturday afternoon after it was reported that a man was trying to sell cannabis from a vehicle located in the parking lot

Posted: Apr 7, 2019 11:55 AM
Updated: Apr 7, 2019 3:23 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police Officers responded to the Dollar General store on Lake Blvd. on Saturday afternoon after it was reported that a man was trying to sell cannabis from a vehicle located in the parking lot. The call came in at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Two people were found in the vehicle. One was 20-year-old Brandon Peterson of Redding. The other was 19-year-old Jacob Ahern of the City of Shasta Lake, who was on probation for burglary.

Officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded handgun, cannabis, and realistic BB and airsoft guns. They said they believe Ahern had also stolen some items from the Dollar General.

After investigating, officers said they believed the handgun and cannabis were linked to a 17-year-old who was on probation out of the city of Shasta Lake. Officers believe the 17-year old was inside the Dollar General when officers responding, and had left the scene.

Redding police then joined forces with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office to conduct a probation search and to locate and arrest the 17-year old at a home on Williamson Road in the City of Shasta Lake.

Nine people were contacted at the home. Four were on probation for various crimes.

Officers spent approximately a half an hour trying to get the teen to surrender peacefully. He was found in a bedroom, but would not comply with officer commands to leave the room, said Redding police.

Officers said that when the teen began to move to unsearched areas of the room and moved his hands towards his waist, a "less than lethal" shotgun was used to subdue him. He was then arrested and after receiving medical clearance at a local hospital, was booked into Shasta County Juvenile Hall for illegal possession of a loaded firearm and for violating the terms of his probation.

Jacob Ahern, the 19-year-old probationer who was located at the Dollar General, was arrested for petty theft and for violating his probation.

18-year old Selena Linn and 26-year old Lisa Deaton were arrested at the Shasta Lake home for outstanding warrants.

20-year-old  Brandon Peterson, who was at the Dollar General store, was not arrested. The other residents of the home in the City of Shasta Lake wwere also released without charges.

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