Two Arrested in Cottonwood Assault

On Sunday, 07/21/19, at 0307 hrs, SHASCOM received a call from Joshua Davis reporting he was flagged down by several subjects as he was driving in the area of Gas Point Road and Rancho Estate Rd. in Cottonwood. Davis had just gotten off work and was driving home, passing the 20000 block of Gas Point Road. Davis stopped to see what the subjects wanted, and they proceeded to assault him. Davis attempted to draw his 9mm pistol, for which he has a CCW to carry, and he subsequently dropped the gun during the struggle. One of the subjects grabbed the pistol and ran away with it.

The subjects ran to an address on the 20000 block of Gas Point Rd. and Davis saw one of the subjects, standing in front of the residence, waving Davis’ pistol in the air and taunting Davis. Davis left the area and met with deputies at the Gas Point Market. After speaking with Davis, deputies went to the Gas Point Road address Davis had identified as the suspect’s and made PA announcements for everyone inside the residence to come out. Several subjects were detained, and two were eventually arrested for 211 PC – Robbery: a 17-year-old male juvenile, whose identity will remain confidential due to his age, and Christopher Miller 4/7/99 (20 years old). The juvenile suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall, and Miller was booked into the Shasta County Jail. Miller is also on probation for 245(a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Davis chose to drive himself to the hospital for treatment of his minor injuries.

Deputies conducted an extensive search of the residence and property, but were unable to locate the missing firearm. The suspects refused to give deputies the location of the firearm.

If anyone has any information concerning this incident or the location of the firearm, they are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6540.

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Ann Webber says:

    Just shows that having a gun and CCW permit is not a guarantee against the criminals. This ended well, but it certainly could have gone way worse!

  2. Avatar Cindy says:

    This is just one anecdote. You have to look at the stats to determine a stance on things like this, not just one incident. From a poll of felons in prison:

    “A criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun.”
    ~60% of felons polled agreed.

    “One reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime.”
    74% of felons polled agreed.

    “Criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.”
    57% of felons polled agreed

    After States made Conceal Carry legal, crime drops, every time. It’s because the criminal just doesn’t know if a person has a gone or not and many don’t like to take the chance, as evidence by the poll.

    States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%; (from University of Chicago study) and * If those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and over 11,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly. (from Lott and Mustard, “Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns)

  3. Avatar Miguel says:

    Cindy — “You have to look at the stats.”
    A good idea, and MOST of the research and studies conducted support a different conclusion. I’ll provide a single link, but there are plenty of places to go if you want to find out what the science and studies say.

    Scientific American: “Most of this research—and there have been several dozen peer-reviewed studies—punctures the idea that guns stop violence. In a 2015 study using data from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University reported that firearm assaults were 6.8 times more common in the states with the most guns versus those with the least. Also in 2015 a combined analysis of 15 different studies found that people who had access to firearms at home were nearly twice as likely to be murdered as people who did not.

    This evidence has been slow to accumulate because of restrictions placed by Congress on one of the country’s biggest injury research funders, the CDC. Since the mid-1990s the agency has been effectively blocked from supporting gun violence research. And the NRA and many gun owners have emphasized a small handful of studies that point the other way.”