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UPDATE: Suspect identified in overnight shooting in Redding, extensive criminal history

Published On: Jul 25 2013 03:09:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 07:10:40 PM CDT
James Staggs
REDDING, Calif. -

Girvan Road in Redding is back open after multiple law enforcement agencies spent the overnight hours looking for a man who shot at an officer during a traffic stop.

In a news release, the Redding Police Department said the man they are looking for is 35-year-old James Arthur Staggs.  Staggs is on parole and police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting started when an RPD officer tried to pull over a gold Subaru for having expired tags. The car didn't stop right away and when it finally did stop on Pernie Trail, a man got out of the car and tried to escape on foot. When the officer gave chase, the man shot at him.

The officer called for backup and returned to the car. The driver, Alisha Michelle McKinney of Burney, was still inside and was arrested.

Sometime later the owner of the car, Brookean Thompson, reported the car had been stolen. Officers said she later admitted to them that she had loaned the car to McKinney.

She was also arrested for filing a false report and violation of probation.

A ground and air search for Staggs turned up nothing.

According to Shasta County court records Staggs has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1996.

On Aug. 20, 2013, Staggs was scheduled to have a jury trial for manufacturing ninja stars.

In March 2012, Staggs was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to transporting and selling a controlled substance.

Staggs has been charged with 5 felonies dating back to 1999 and eight misdemeanors dating back to 1996.

Staggs is being charged with attempted murder of a peace officer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department.