DA’s Office Find Officers Use Of Force Was Justfied

It’s been determined that the Redding Police Officers who shot a man in 2018 were justified. The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office investigation included interviewing eyewitnesses and studying surveillance video. Last July 23rd, 32-year-old Masa Nathaniel Warden of Las Vegas, who had an active warrant out for his arrest, was shot by police. About 6AM that day, police were called to Shasta High School after a staff member was violently attacked. The suspect was gone before officers arrived. At about 8:30AM, residents of an apartment on Overhill Drive reported a burglary. Officers found a pair of swim goggles that matched a pair that the man was wearing during the assault at the school. Officers received word that a suspicious man matching the description of the suspect was seen near the river trail. About 9:50AM Corporal Will Williams located the suspect in the 600 block of Mary Street. He was uncooperative and ignored the officer’s commands. The suspect than motioned his hands as if he was preparing to pull a gun. Williams radioed that he thought the suspect had a gun in his waistband. He ordered the man to show his hands, but the man failed to comply. Williams then shot one round at the suspect, who fell to the ground. He continued to reach for his waistband. By then, 2 other officers arrived and also fired shots. A search was done and no weapon was found. Warden survived his injuries and was charged with various crimes. Last August, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison.


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