“On Thursday November 11th, 2021 at 5:40 am, several citizens called 911 to report a subject on Shasta View Dr. in Redding, intentionally stepping in front of vehicle’s in the roadway. Citizens also reported the subject was flagging motorist’s down and stating he was going to stab somebody.
The subject was later identified as Christopher Tavarez, 31 years of Redding. Tavarez called 911 and made statements to dispatchers that he was also armed with a firearm, and he had stabbed his roommate. Tavarez continued to make statements he would actively evade law enforcement if contacted.
Redding Police Officers responded with an armored rescue vehicle due to the threat of violence to citizens and the possibility of Tavarez being in possession of firearms. CHP – Northern Division Air Operations was contacted to assist. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to provide aerial surveillance.
When officers arrived, Tavarez was found inside his residence. Redding Police Officers and Shascom Dispatchers negotiated with Tavarez over the phone and via the rescue vehicles on board PA system. Tavarez was initially non-compliant but he ultimately came out of his residence and was taken into custody.
Nobody was injured during this encounter and the statements Tavarez made that he had already stabbed somebody were unsubstantiated.
Tavarez was transported and booked into the Shasta County jail for making false “emergency” reports, misuse of 911, and public intoxication. A report will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.”