Police: Redding man taken into custody for alleged erratic behavior, negligent use of a firearm
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A Redding man was recently arrested following an alleged display erratic behavior and negligent use of a firearm, police say.
In the early morning hours of July 15th, police responded to the 1800 block of Shady Lane on a report from 43-year-old James Stillman, who claimed several armed men were trying to break into his home. Stillman also reportedly said he’d been shooting at them, and that there was a 13-year-old juvenile in the house with him.
As officers arrived on scene, they heard multiple gunshots coming from the residence, at which point they summoned the Bearcat rescue vehicle in order to safely make their way onto the property.
Officers discovered, however, that there appeared to have been no intruders at all, and that Stillman was behaving in an erratic manner whilst making “non-sensical” statements. Officers found him at the neighbors’ residence, trying to contact the occupants.
Following a short standoff, Stillman allowed officers to take him into custody without further incident. A .38 revolver was later found hidden behind a flower pot on the front step.
Stillman was ultimately booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, resisting/obstructing/delaying a peace officer, and for being under the influence of alcohol/drugs.