CONCOW, Calif. – The Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 91-year-old Concow man early Tuesday on three felony counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, according to BCSO.
91-year-old, Don Pejsa of Concow was booked into the Butte County Jail on three felony counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
Monday, June 1, a friend of Pejsa’s contacted BCSO saying they were concerned because they had not been able to get in touch with Pejsa by phone since Saturday. Around 8:40 p.m. Monday, deputies went out for a welfare check at Pejsa’s home, located in the 4900 block of Nobb Road in Concow.
Two Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at Pejsa’s home. Both deputies were wearing fully marked BCSO uniforms, according to the sheriff’s office news release. Deputies said they knocked on the front door and identified themselves as the “Sheriff’s Office,” multiple times.
Pejsa then pointed a shotgun out a window located in front of his home. Deputies continued to identify themselves as the “Sheriff’s Office,” and asked Pejsa to put the shotgun down. Pejsa then fired the shotgun towards the direction of one of the deputies. The deputy was able to quickly move behind cover, according to BCSO.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team came to assist the deputies and set up a perimeter around Peja’s home. Butte County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiators also assisted and communicated with Pejsa over an intercom system. However, Pejsa did not acknowledge or communicate with BCSO Hostage Negotiators.
Around 1:30 a.m. on June 2, deputies said Pejsa fired a second shotgun round at two members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Both SWAT Team members were able to move behind cover, and continued their attempts to communicate with Pejsa.
SWAT Team members said they then deployed OC gas, hoping to peacefully resolve the situation. Pejsa exited his home, holding a shotgun. Around 2:50 a.m., SWAT Team members were able to safely disarm Pejsa and take him into custody. No one was injured during the incident, according to deputies.
Pejsa was transported to the Butte County Sheriff's Office in Oroville. During an interview incident to his arrest, Pejsa stated he saw the “red and blue” flashing lights on the law enforcement vehicles parked in around his residence. Pejsa also told deputies he heard the sirens from the law enforcement vehicles parked around his residence. Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.
Pejsa is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 3 p.m.