Fatality in Mountain Gate Shooting

On August 16, 2014, at approximately 1710 hours, patrol units responded to a reported gunshot victim at 19555 Tunnel Rd #32, Mountain Gate, CA (Spring Branch Mobile Home Park). Upon arrival they found the victim with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso in the trailer park roadway. The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment where he later succumbed to his injuries and died.

Deputies contacted Matthew Robinson on scene. Robinson told officers that he had recently started a relationship with the victim’s ex-girlfriend, Amanda Rizer. The victim and Rizer share a child in common and today was the child’s first birthday. When the victim came by the residence he became enraged that Robinson was there. An argument ensued and the victim eventually left.

Approximately 20 minutes later the victim called Rizer and said he was coming back to take the child. When the victim returned he and Robinson got into a heated argument. According to Rizer and Robinson they knew that the victim had a tendency to be violent and is usually armed. Robinson had armed himself with a .38 caliber handgun in case the victim threatened him with a firearm.

During the argument Robinson exhibited his handgun and ordered the victim to leave. The victim advanced on him so Robinson fired a warning shot into the ground to sway the victim to stop. The victim made a statement that he had a gun in his vehicle and started back to retrieve it. The victim pulled what appeared to him to be a 9mm handgun from the truck and pointed it at Robinson. Robinson in fear for his safety, fired a single shot hitting the victim.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation. Investigators learned that the victim’s pistol was actually a toy that looked like a real handgun. There was no orange safety paint on it.

Robinson and Rizer gave voluntary statements and at all accounts it appears that Robinson fired in self-defense. He was questioned and eventually released pending a review of this case by the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.

Both Robinson and the victim are no strangers to the criminal justice system. Robinson has a lengthy criminal history but no felony convictions. The victim was on bail pending court for charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of controlled substances for sales and possession of stolen property. Coincidentally the vehicle the victim drove was a reported stolen vehicle out of Trinity County.

The victim’s name will be released pending notification of the next of kin.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Major Crimes Unit at the listed number or email MCU@co.shasta.ca.us.

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