Photo: Jayden Gomez
On the afternoon of Wednesday May 15th, 48-year old Brandon Clayton was driving on Cascade Boulevard in Shasta Lake when he noticed a white sedan behind him following a bit too closely.
Clayton activated his breaks in a manner to communicate with the driver of the white sedan to leave more space between their cars. The driver of the white sedan, later identified as 19-year old Jayden Gomez, did not appreciate the gesture, and accelerated past Clayton only to merge back into Clayton’s lane, in front of him and return the favor by pumping his breaks abruptly.
Clayton turned westbound onto Autumn Harvest Way from Cascade Boulevard and Gomez managed to follow him. Driving side by side, they exchanged words until Gomez had enough. He fired an air pistol at Clayton’s car, striking Clayton twice in the face.
Shasta County Deputies were able to locate Gomez’s car by reviewing footage captured on surveillance cameras from the residences they drove by and Clayton’s description of the vehicle. Gomez and his car were located at a nearby home on Wandsworth Drive.
As Gomez was being arrested, resistance came in the form of a 17-year old female juvenile. After cursing and spitting at the officers, she herself was placed under arrest, her official charged being resisting or obstructing a peace officer.
She was booked into Shasta County’s Juvenile Hall. Gomez faces charges for assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a BB device, vandalism, and resisting or obstructing an officer. He remains in custody at the Shasta County Jail.
On a side note, on April 1, 2019 Gomez was charged with resisting arrest.