Photo: Rorabaugh’s cache | LCSO
Originally published as a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post:
“The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping our community safe and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and prohibited persons.
In 2022, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a California Department of Justice grant to assist in the investigation and reduction of illegally owned and possessed firearms in Lake County.
On March 31st, 2022 The Lake County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in the Upper Lake area pertaining to criminal threats and the illegal possession of firearms. The suspect in that case, Shawn Rorabaugh, 48 years old, Upper Lake was identified as a convicted violent felon and prohibited from owning firearms. Major Crimes detectives obtained a search warrant for Rorabaugh’s residence as a result of their investigation.
On April 1st, detectives served the search warrant. During the search warrant service, detectives located multiple firearms, a large amount of ammunition of multiple calibers, several large capacity magazines, and body armor. Two of the firearms seized were identified as “ghost guns”, or an unregistered / un-serialized, manufactured, or assembled firearms. Possession of body armor is illegal when the individual possessing the body armor has a prior violent felony conviction.
There is currently an outstanding arrest warrant for Shawn Rorabaugh. It is believed Rorabaugh has fled the area to avoid arrest. Anyone with information related to this investigation or the whereabouts of Rorabaugh is asked to contact Detective Newton at 707-262-4200 or Nathaniel.Newton [AT] lakecountyca.gov.
The Lake County Sheriff’s office will continue to focus on the seizure of weapons and ammunition from persons who are prohibited from possessing them.”