REDDING, Calif. - Several roads were closed and Shasta College was on lockdown on Nov. 26 while officials say they tried to deescalate the situation of a man holding a gun and threating suicide.
Around 3 p.m. officials say they received a call about a man in a truck parked on Old Oregon Trail near Shasta College, pointing a gun at himself and threatening suicide.
Shasta County Sheriff's deputies responded and say they found Vincent Siaz in his truck on the corner of Collyer Road and Old Oregon Trail, refusing to get out of the truck.
California Highway Patrol, Redding Police and Cal Fire all responded to close roads leading to the area and, though on Thanksgiving break, staff at Shasta College were asked to lockdown.
A deputy with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiation Team called Siaz on his phone and tried to deescalate the situation. This is when officials say Siaz told the deputy he had an 8mm rifle and wanted to “go down in a blaze of glory".
After about a half-hour, Siaz got out of the truck and he was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
When looking in the truck, officials say they found the 8mm rifle, ammunition, a semi-auto pistol, as well as two more rifles in the bed of the truck.