Deputies Arrest Shasta Lake Man in Hate Crime Standoff

Richard Ross Gibbs

On Saturday, July 9, at approximately 0515 hours, Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 4100 block of Main Street in the City of Shasta Lake, for the report of a white male firing a rifle and yelling racial slurs and obscenities at the victim and his family.


When deputies arrived they observed Richard Gibbs on the front porch of his residence throwing rocks at the victim’s residence. The victim informed deputies that Gibbs was on the front porch with a rifle. As the deputies approached the residence, Gibbs retreated inside.

With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, deputies were able to surround Gibbs’ residence. Deputies utilized the reverse 911 system and informed residents to stay inside their residence until notified by deputies it was safe to come out. After approximately 20 minutes of addressing Gibbs with the P.A. system, he exited the residence without any firearms and was taken into custody without incident. Inside the residence, deputies located an assault rifle and a loaded high capacity magazine.

    Ross was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of the following charges:


  • 422 PC – Criminal threat (death or great bodily injury)
  • 245(A)(1) PC – Assault with a deadly weapon
  • 246.3 PC – Willful discharge of firearm in a grossly negligent manner
  • 422.7 PC – Hate crime: violate civil rights

Bail was set at $100,000.

Gibbs was previously arrested in March in a similar incident where he allegedly shot at a man knocking on his neighbor’s door.

-from press release

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