On Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 7:24 p.m., a Deputy from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a black Cadillac Escalade in the area of Happy Valley Road and Olinda Road, Anderson, CA. The driver of the vehicle yielded and came to a stop.  After coming to a stop the driver, an unknown white male adult, fled from the stop on foot. The Deputy was unable to immediately pursue the driver due to a female passenger, later identified as Stephanie Walton, 39 years old from Anderson, being in the vehicle.

As Deputies contacted Walton and were detaining her, Walton informed Deputies there was a “long gun” in the vehicle.  Deputies detained Walton without incident and located a sawed-off shotgun on the rear passenger floorboard of the vehicle.  The shotgun was collected and was determined to be loaded.  After securing Walton and the firearm, a search for the unknown male driver was conducted utilizing numerous deputies, a Shasta County Sheriff’s K9, Anderson Police Department (APD) officers, and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter. After an extensive search of the area, the driver was not able to be located.

Walton was interviewed on scene and she refused to identify the unknown male driver of the vehicle and said the vehicle belonged to her. Based on Walton’s statements that she was the owner of the vehicle and knew the sawed-off shotgun was in the vehicle prior to the traffic stop, she was arrested for 33215 PC-Possession of a sawed-off shotgun and 25850(a) PC-Possession of a loaded firearm within a vehicle. A previous booking photograph of Walton is attached for reference.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Anderson Police Department, California Highway Patrol Air Operations, and SHASCOM dispatchers for their assistance during this incident. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with further information regarding this incident to call SHASCOM at (530)245-6540. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office does not believe there is a threat to the general public by the driver who fled on foot.