On Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at 7:35 p.m., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a battery just occurred at 12740 City View Drive, Redding CA after unknown subjects were reported as trespassing at the City View Drive address. At 7:40 p.m., the property owner, identified as James Johnson recontacted dispatch and requested an ambulance for a gunshot victim at the location. At approximately 7:52 p.m., deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and found an adult male, 49 years of age, in the driveway of the residence deceased from an apparent shotgun wound to the neck and face. The identity of the decedent will not be released pending next of kin notification. Initial reports from deputies was that the decedent and an adult female identified as Barbara Baldo, 44 years of age, arrived at the residence to view the city lights from the Johnson’s driveway that overlooks the City of Redding. During this time, there was a physical altercation between Johnson and the decedent that escalated causing Johnson to shoot the decedent. Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit were contacted and responded to investigate the circumstances.
Detectives spoke with the residents, Johnson and Baldo and learned that Baldo and the decedent arrived at the Johnson residence around 7:30 p.m. to look at the city lights. Johnson contacted the decedent and Baldo who were parked approximately 50 yards from the Johnson residence off the Johnson driveway at a turnout in a white Ford Expedition SUV. Johnson told the decedent and Baldo they were on private property and needed to leave. There was an argument between Johnson and the decedent about the property being private or public. At one point the decedent started to drive away and attempted to run Johnson over. The driver side mirror of the SUV hit Johnson in the stomach. Johnson swung his flashlight at the SUV and broke out the rear driver’s side window. The decedent stopped the SUV and the altercation turned physical. The decedent placed Johnson into a choke hold however Johnson was able to get free after biting the decedent at least once on the arm. Johnson ran back to his residence fearing for his safety and the decedent chased after Johnson ripping Johnson’s shirt off of him as he fled. Johnson armed himself with his 12-gauge shotgun out of fear for his and his family’s safety.
The decedent eventually drove the white SUV at a high rate of speed up the driveway toward Johnson, his wife and an adult resident who were outside near the end of the driveway. The SUV skidded to a stop in a gravel portion of the driveway 2-3 feet away from where Johnson, his wife and adult resident were standing. The decedent backed the SUV up a short distance down the driveway and drove back at Johnson. Johnson fearing for his life and safety fired one round of #7 bird shot from his shotgun striking the decedent in the neck and face preventing any further advancement of the SUV. Detectives believe Johnson was approximately 10-20 feet away from the SUV when he fired the shotgun. BB strikes near the window and driver’s side door frame of the SUV were located by Crime Scene personnel. The shotgun used during the shooting was confiscated as evidence. Baldo who was seated in the front passenger seat was not injured during the shooting and was released after she spoke with detectives.
Johnson has been cooperative with Detectives and was released after providing a statement and being processed for evidence. Detectives will complete their investigation in the coming weeks and submit a case to the Shasta County District Attorneys’ Office for review of criminal charges for homicide. The District Attorney’s office was consulted with during this investigation. The Shasta County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy of the decedent and his name will be released once next of kin has been notified.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.