On Friday, October 28, 2017, at 6:36 a.m., Deputy Alex Houston responded to the Win River Casino, at 2100 Redding Rancheria Road, Redding, to conduct a follow up investigation. Deputy Houston’s investigation was concerning a previously reported vehicle burglary which occurred in the parking lot of the casino the previous day. As he was reviewing the video surveillance of the burglary and the suspect involved, provided by Win-River Casino Security staff, he was notified that the same suspect vehicle involved in the original vehicle burglary had just arrived in the parking lot. Deputy Houston was able to instantly review, both the video of the suspect from the previous burglary and the driver of the matching suspect vehicle, a Ford Bronco. The subject driving the Bronco matched the description, including his clothing, to the suspect in the original burglary.
Deputy Houston and other deputies contacted the driver of the Bronco at the valet area of the casino and he identified himself as Shawn Lee Cunningham, of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Cunningham was detained and his vehicle, the Ford Bronco, was located in the parking lot. Deputies located a female in the vehicle, asleep in the passenger seat. The female, later identified as Ashley Marie Haugen, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, was awoken and displayed nervous behavior and signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance while speaking with Deputy Houston. Haugen attempted to reach into her purse numerous times, even when ordered to stop by Deputy Houston, for officer safety reasons during his investigation. Haugen was asked to exit the vehicle and, as she was exiting the vehicle, she informed Deputy Houston she had a firearm in her purse, and she may have a warrant for her arrest out of Oregon.
Upon searching the Bronco, deputies located a loaded .357 revolver firearm in Haugen’s purse, which was found to be reported stolen. Deputies recognized numerous items of property inside the vehicle that matched the description of stolen property reported earlier in a BOLO by the Redding Police Department, concerning a residential burglary occurring in the City of Redding. Also located inside the vehicle were two additional stolen firearms, both having their serial numbers removed, several hundred rounds of live ammunition, methamphetamine, heroin, a digital scale, plastic baggies, several syringes, several pounds of processed marijuana, and various items of reported stolen property. Cunningham was also in possession of methamphetamine, approximately $1,700.00 in cash, and drug paraphernalia.
Upon questioning, Cunningham admitted to being the suspect involved in the original vehicle burglary Deputy Houston was investigating. After a records check, Cunningham was also found to be a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition
Cunningham and Haugen were both placed under arrest and booked in the Shasta County Jail. Cunningham was booked for 29900(a) (1) PC – Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 25850(c)(2) PC – Carrying a Stolen Loaded Firearm, 11370.1(a) H&S – Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed with a Firearm, 11379 H&S – Transportation, Sale, or Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and he is pending numerous other charges. Haugen was booked for 25850(a) PC – Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public, 25850(c) (2) PC – Carrying a Stolen Loaded Firearm, 11370.1(a) H&S – Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed with a Firearm, 11379 H&S – Transportation, Sale, or Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and is also pending numerous other charges.
Some of stolen property located inside Cunningham and Haugen’s vehicle was identified and returned to the victims of previously reported burglaries and thefts.