A Redding man is behind bars after police say he held his girlfriend hostage with a loaded shotgun in his mobile home during a meth-induced paranoia.
Redding Police say Sheldon Lee Scott, 59, called them at 9:28 p.m. Monday, claiming indruders had surrounded his home. Scott told the dispatcher that he had armed himself with a shotgun and would shoot anyone who came near his residence.
Officers responded to the mobile home park at 1221 E. Cypress Avenue, where they told Scott to come out unarmed. Scott refused, saying he didn’t believe they were real police officers. He insisted there were people all around him who posed an immediate threat to him.
When the officers learned that the man’s girlfriend was in the mobile home with him, a Police Corporal, a trained hostage negotiator, was summoned to the scene. The Corporal engaged Scott in conversation in order to make sure his girlfriend could leave the home unharmed.
Police say Scott refused to allow his girlfriend to speak on the phone. The negotiator could hear her crying in the background, and police say Scott was becoming increasingly paranoid.
Officers brought an armored vehicle to the scene for protection due to the threats Scott was making to fire his weapon at anyone approaching his home.
Police say Scott finally came out unarmed after an hour and a half negotiating, and surrendered peacefully. He was found to have a loaded shotgun inside of his residence. His girlfriend was unharmed.
Investigators ruled out a mental breakdown. They say Scott had been using methamphetamine, which very commonly causes paranoid thoughts and actions on the part of a user.
A 12 gauge pump-action shotgun was seized as evidence. Sheldon Scott was booked at Shasta County Jail for false imprisonment and obstructing or delaying peace officers in performance of their duties.