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Helicopter Searches For Suspect Who Drove Off After Deputies Deployed Stun Gun

By Kelli Saam
Published On: May 29 2013 09:34:07 AM CDT
Updated On: May 29 2013 08:10:24 PM CDT
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CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. -

Deputies are looking for a suspect who ran off Tuesday night after officers used a stun gun on him.

It started around 11 p.m. on Tuesday at 4305 Indian Ave. in the City of Shasta Lake.  Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office were dispatched regarding a disturbance.

The homeowner, Sarah Covert, said that one of her roommates, David Dothard, age 24, had pointed a handgun at her and was intimidating other people at the house.

When deputies arrived at the house, Dothard was trying to leave in a car with his girlfriend.  Deputies stopped the car at gunpoint and ordered Dothard to turn off the car and get out. 

Deputies said Dothard refused to get out of the car and began reaching towards the floorboard.  Fearing that Dothard was reaching for a weapon, a deputy broke out the driver's side window and shot Dothard with a taser.

The taser was not effective and Dothard drove backwards at a high rate of speed and crashed into a fence.  Dothard then drove back to 4305 Indian Avenue and fled the area on foot.

Deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol helicopter, and CHP patrol staff, searched the surrounding area for Dothard.

After an extensive search Dothard was not located. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dothard is asked to call 245-6025.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: Black male adult, 24 Years old, 6'4", 160 lbs., black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light colored tank top and blue jeans.

He is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with injury, brandishing a firearm and leaving the scene of an accident.