Dillon Carmelo has problems. The Redding, California parolee was observed acting erratically this week and Johnny Law was called. When he made a motion as if to reach for a gun . . .
that’s when Shasta County deputies drew down on him. And that’s when he took a powder.
How does an ankle bracelet-wearing parolee who motions toward what deputies think is a firearm escape with guns pointed in his direction? No clue. But if the reporting is at all accurate, it seems Carmello may have had a death wish.
Carmelo ran off in a south westerly direction toward East Niles Lane. A records check revealed Carmelo was on parole for a weapons charge and is a 290 registrant (sex offender) who was wearing a GPS device issued by the parole department. Through this device they determined he was on East Niles Lane.
Pursuing deputies spotted Dillon Carmelo running through backyards and fields. He continued to refuse officers’ commands to stop.
Carmelo continued to act as if he was reaching for a handgun and at times would point his cell phone at deputies as if it was a handgun.
Whatever his motivation, he made the mistake of jumping Jennifer Doolittle’s back fence.
During the foot pursuit the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office had placed out a call to local residences in the area advising residents that officers were in foot pursuit with Dillon Carmelo and he was considered armed and dangerous and on parole.
Jennifer Doolittle received the reverse 911 call, and had armed herself with a handgun. She went out her back door to retrieve her dogs to lock them inside when she saw Dillon Carmelo jumping over her fence.
Doolittle told deputies he advanced on her and again acted as if he was reaching for a handgun. She said she feared for her life fired several shots at Carmelo striking him once in the ankle.
Ah, the benefits of home carry. Carmelo is now in custody. Ms. Doolittle is waiting to see if she’s in the clear.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said citizens have every right to protect their person(s) and family but must still abide by the law. In this case the homeowner fired in the direction of the suspect but did not realize pursuing deputies were just behind Dillon Carmelo, surrounding him in an attempt to take him into custody. No deputies were injured during the shooting and no deputies fired their weapons.