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Man Arrested After Lengthy Standoff With Police

Published On: Nov 04 2012 05:31:24 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 04 2012 05:40:26 PM CST

A Redding man was arrested after an hours long standoff in a Redding neighborhood Saturday night.

Here is the Redding Police Department's press release detailing what they said happened:

On Saturday November 3, 2012, at approximately 5:09 P.M., officers from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to 544 Grants Pass Place in Redding, regarding a suicidal subject who was reportedly armed with a handgun.  Officers arrived and found the suspect Joseph Anton Remlinger, 54 years of Redding, barricaded inside the residence at that address.  The house was owned by Remlinger’s in-laws who were out of town.

While on scene, officers received additional information indicating Remlinger had brandished a firearm and threatened the life of Ricky Edward Epperson, 51 years of Redding.  The brandishing and threats took place in the 2900 block of Quartz Hill Road at approximately 4:50 P.M., just prior to Remlinger being reported as suicidal subject.  Epperson reported Remlinger left the Quartz Hill Road area on a motorcycle which was ultimately located in the driveway to the residence on Grants Pass Place.

Officers attempted to negotiate Remlinger out of the residence for several hours but he repeatedly refused attempts at communication.  Remlinger frequently yelled out of the residence threatening to shoot and kill officers on scene and asked officers to kill him. 

A warrant charging Remlinger with brandishing a firearm, making criminal threats, and threatening police officers was obtained at approximately 10:00 P.M..  Officers also obtained a warrant to search the residence on Grants Pass Place for Remlinger.

The Redding Police S.W.A.T. team responded to assist in the apprehension of Remlinger.  After a lengthy standoff, the S.W.A.T. team introduced tear gas into the residence.  Remlinger was forced from the residence by the gas and surrendered without further incident.

Remlinger was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of brandishing a firearm, criminal threats, threatening a peace officer, and delaying or obstructing a peace officer.  Remlinger is being held in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.