Correction: The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office misidentified the victim in the original posting of this story. The error has been corrected. The LCSO and lassennews.com regret the error.
John Lee Wilson, 60, of Litchfield, and Teri Neal, 61, of Janesville, are in custody after a Thursday, Nov. 30 encounter with law enforcement.
Wilson was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and prohibited person in possession of ammunition. Wilson’s bail is $60,000.
Neal was booked on charges of obstructing and resisting a peace officer. Her bail is $10,000.
Here’s what happened
According to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, about 1:44 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, dispatch received a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the Litchfield area.
The victim stated Wilson physically assaulted her and pressed the barrel of a shotgun into her face. Wilson had fled in a white Dodge van prior to the arrival of deputies. The victim told deputies Wilson has recently been staying at a residence near the Wayside Gas Station in Standish.
Deputies located the unoccupied van parked behind the residence about 2:16 p.m. With the assistance from California Highway Patrol officers and CalFire Law Enforcement, deputies set up a perimeter around the residence.
Utilizing a vehicle public address system, the deputies called out to Wilson, directing him to come out of the residence. Deputies continually called out to Wilson on the PA and called him on his cell phone. During this time, deputies learned Neal, Wilson’s friend, could be with him inside the residence.
After approximately two hours and no response or movement from inside the residence, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team was called out.
Approximately 5:30 p.m., a search warrant was obtained to enter and search the residence and other outbuildings on the property for Wilson.
Approximately 6 p.m., SWAT approached the front door of the residence, announced their presence and demanded entry. After no response, SWAT breached the front door and deployed two CS aerosol cannisters into the residence.
After approximately 15 minutes, and no response or movement from inside, SWAT entered the residence.
Finding no one inside, SWAT approached and made entry into an outbuilding directly behind the main residence. After entry, SWAT contacted Wilson and Neal and took them into custody without incident. Wilson and Neal were arrested and transported to the Lassen County Jail.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office would like to specially thank the officers from the CHP, and CalFire Law Enforcement for their assistance in this incident.