Shotgun-wielding barricaded suspect surrenders
June 16, 2011
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A South Lake Tahoe man is in custody after an armed standoff that lasted into the early morning hours Thursday.
Stephen Shaver, 44, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after allegedly wielding a shotgun and letting his dog loose in a neighbor’s home following an argument.
South Lake Tahoe police were called to Shaver’s Paradise Avenue home about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday after he allegedly brandished a shotgun and threatened to kill himself and others during heated arguments with at least two neighbors, according to a statement from police.
“The trouble began after Shaver’s unleashed dog attacked a leashed dog being walked by a female neighbor on the street near Shaver’s house,” said Sgt. Brian Williams in the statement. “When the woman suggested Shaver control his dog he reacted violently, coming outside his house and pushing her in the chest. Shaver then walked back inside his residence and retrieved a shotgun. He threatened the woman, but did not fire the weapon.”
Shaver then returned the shotgun to his house and walked over to the woman’s house, where she had locked herself inside, Williams said.
He then allegedly broke through her front door and turned his dog loose inside the woman’s house.
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“Shaver was in a rage and ranted irrationally,” Williams said. “After a few minutes, Shaver collected his dog and left the woman’s house without harming her. He returned to his residence and reappeared with the shotgun outside his own front door. He yelled threats from his doorway toward his neighbor while holding the shotgun, but did not discharge it.”
Shaver refused to interact with police who arrived on scene. Police SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams were called in to assist.
“After a standoff of several hours, the SLTPD Crisis Negotiation Team persuaded Shaver to surrender, bringing the event to a conclusion with no injuries or shots fired,” Williams said.
Police located a loaded shotgun concealed in a PVC pipe at the home, according to the statement.
They also located a marijuana grow, chemicals and possible explosive devices inside the residence, prompting hazardous materials considerations and a response from the fire department, Williams said.
Shaver was booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on suspicion of several crimes, including making terrorist threats, burglary and brandishing a firearm, Williams said.
Additional charges are expected following the completion of the investigation.
His bail has been set at $15,000.
Police ask anyone with information related to the incident to call 530-542-6100 and reference case number 1106-1153.