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Redding Police arrest axe wielding man

Redding Police use a K-9 to arrest a man after an early morning 911 call reported him wielding an axe and threatening citizens.

Posted: Jan 19, 2020 10:20 AM
Updated: Jan 19, 2020 11:23 AM

REDDING, Calif. - On Jan 19 at approximately 4:17 a.m., Redding Police officers responded to a 911 call of a male subject swinging an axe and threatening citizens in the parking lot of the AM/PM gas station located on Lake Blvd. in Redding.

Redding police say several officers responded and made contact with Donald Priddy, 60, of Redding, on the sidewalk in front of Cassidy’s Auto Lube. 

Officials say Priddy was laying down next to the axe and officers gave him numerous commands to move away from the weapon, but Priddy remained non-compliant.

Police say in hopes of gaining Priddy’s cooperation and out of concern for the safety of the public, Officer Kofford brought out K-9 Hank and warned Priddy that if he did not move away from the axe the K-9 would be released.

Priddy continued to refuse to comply and K-9 Hank was released to assist in the apprehension of Priddy. 

Police say Priddy was taken into custody and treated at the Shasta Regional Medical Center. Priddy was then booked into the Shasta County Jail for brandishing the axe at citizens, trespassing on the AM/PM property, and resisting and obstructing peace officers.

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