Sheriff’s Sergeant Shot, Shooter Killed in Lassen County !!Updated w/ Names!!

There’s been a lot of raids in the North State this year, and it’s only the middle of June. This kind of activity is usually seen in the late summer or early fall, and usually the growers just run away and return to Mexico. Not this time.

!!Update!! Through the grapevine, I’ve found out these guys are a mixture of locals and illegals. Stay tuned for names.

!!UPDATE!! Here are the names of those arrested starting top left.!!UPDATE!!

Arrested at the garden
site were Clemente Ferrias
Arroyo, 62, no address listed
and Jose Alfredo Zepeda,
18, ast Palo Alto
. Unconfirmed
reports indicate the
suspect who was shot was
the son of Arroyo and brother-
in-law of Zepeda.
Arrested in the vehicle
stopped by deputies and
U.S. Forest Service law
enforcement officers were
Jose Mendoz-Garcia, 21,
no address listed
; Miguel
Abundez Mosquedo, 39, of
Fall River Mills
; Alex Zavala,
19, no address listed;
Norman Mike, 44, of Dana.
Charges against Zavala
were dropped and he was
The other five suspects
were being held each on
$150,000 bail, were arraigned
Thursday and are scheduled
for a preliminary hearing this
Thursday, 8:30 a.m., in Dept.
2 of Lassen Superior Court,
said Nancy Holsey, public
information officer for the

LITTLE VALLEY – One man is dead and six have been arrested after a gunbattle Tuesday afternoon near an illegal marijuana garden that sent a Lassen County sheriff’s sergeant to the hospital with a gunshot wound and also injured a sheriff’s deputy.

The sergeant and the deputy were part of a task force investigating an illegal pot plantation south of Dixie Valley, just across the Lassen County line east of Burney, said Lassen County Sheriff Steve Warren. The sergeant was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with a nonlife-threatening wound, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office said.

He reportedly was shot in the arm after he stopped a truck suspected of being involved with the marijuana garden.

His identity was not released, so his condition could not be checked. But a Record Searchlight photo of his arrival at the hospital shows that he was apparently alert and sitting up on the gurney, his right arm bandaged.

Two of the suspects were arrested on Forest Service Road 22 near where the two officers were shot, and four were arrested when they were found in a car on Pittville Road, Warren said.

Names of those arrested and the man who was killed were not immediately available.

“I want to give props to all the agencies who helped make these arrests possible today,” Warren said Tuesday night.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol were among the agencies that helped Lassen deputies.

Photos and video: Intermountain News

Story: Record Searchlight


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