Arrest in Flare Gun Shooting

On September 8, 2014 at 9:11 a.m. officers from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to the area of Lake Blvd. and Masonic Ave. on a report of a male subject being shot in the face with a flare gun. When officers arrived they located the victim Leroy John Davis (33 years, transient from San Antonio, Tx.). Davis sustained injury to the left side of his face as a result of being shot with a flare gun. Davis was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.

During the investigation a suspect was identified as Trevor James Cearley (23 years, transient of Redding). Officers began conducting an area check for Cearley and he was located walking in the area of Boulder Creek Dr. and Black Marble Way in Redding. Cearley was detained and a flare gun was located in his possession.

Investigators responded and took over the investigation. Investigators learned Cearley, had stolen Davis’ backpack and fled the area. Davis located Cearley and confronted him about the theft. During the confrontation Davis saw Cearley arm himself with a flare gun. Davis feared for his safety after seeing the flare gun he armed himself with a knife in hopes Cearley would leave. Cearley shot Davis in the face with the flare gun and then fled the scene.

Cearley was found to be on probation out of Shasta County and prohibited from possessing any type of firearm. Cearley was arrested and transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm (flare gun meets the definition of a firearm in California), felon in possession of a firearm and petty theft.

– Press Release

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