A standoff with deputies that lasted almost four-hour hours final week in Previous Station started when a lady referred to as 911 saying her neighbor was attempting to movie her whereas she was getting dressed.
The person was arrested final Wednesday and recognized by sheriff’s workplace as 41-year-old Benjamin William Elliot — however not earlier than a tense bodily wrestle with the primary responding deputy, based on an investigative report.
Elliot, who stays in jail custody, was arraigned Friday in a Shasta County courtroom. Carrying a darkish blue jumpsuit, Elliot instructed the choose he was not employed and understood the character of the fees towards him.
Decide Adam Ryan mentioned he was inclined to decrease Elliot’s bail quantity from $100,000 to $50,000 given a scarcity of earlier offenses, however left it at $100,000 after a prosecutor harassed the damaging nature of the allegations.
The prosecutor mentioned Elliot had been attempting to movie his 19-year-old neighbor whereas she was getting dressed, and mentioned he threatened to kill the neighbor as soon as she noticed him.
That element and others have been included in an investigative report that goes into additional depth about how the prolonged standoff started.
What the neighbor instructed deputies
The incident began Wednesday morning when the neighbor was getting dressed close to a window, based on an investigative report. The neighbor mentioned she appeared outdoors and noticed Elliott holding his cellular phone up, so she hid behind curtains.
The neighbor, who was dwelling alone, mentioned Elliot then began yelling at her from the road, threatening to kill her for calling the sheriff’s workplace. She locked herself in her mother and father’ bed room, later telling deputies she felt “actually, actually unsafe,” based on the report.
The neighbor instructed deputies Elliot tried to go to the entrance door however was deterred by her canine. She additionally thought he may need a gun, based on the report.
Round 10:40 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the house for a report of a person on the caller’s property “inflicting a disturbance and yelling he would homicide her,” based on the report.
The primary deputy to reply, Tanner Ramlow, noticed a person who matched the suspect description, later recognized as Elliot, strolling alongside Corridor Means. The deputy famous that Elliot appeared taller and heavier than himself. He spoke to Elliot, who denied being on the neighbor’s property, based on the report.
A combat breaks out
Throughout their interplay, Ramlow observed Elliot had a hip holster with pepper spray. He instructed Elliot he needed to take away the pepper spray and Elliot instructed the deputy he may.
“Whereas I used to be doing this, I took management of Elliot’s left arm as I didn’t need him to attempt to seize it from me,” Ramlow, who works on the Burney sheriff’s substation, wrote within the report.
Elliot tensed his arms and pulled away whereas Ramlow instructed him to cease resisting. In that second, Ramlow wrote that he knew his backup was far-off and his radio wasn’t working. He didn’t know if Elliot had different weapons or what crime had initially occurred, besides that it concerned threatening to kill the 911 caller, based on the report.
With that in thoughts, Ramlow pulled out his stun gun and pressed the “panic” button on his radio, which might ship out a message requesting assist. He ordered Elliot to get on the bottom. However that didn’t work. Ramlow instructed Elliot he was beneath arrest and Elliot began not making sense, speaking about “cults, Devil and rape,” based on the report.
Ramlow instructed Elliot that they’d determine all the things out if he bought on the bottom. Elliot was “being passive aggressive” by holding up his fingers however failing to observe orders. Elliot moved towards the deputy, who backed up, as he was ready for backup to reach, based on the report.
Ramlow watched Elliot spy his pepper spray on the bottom and make a transfer for it, however the deputy kicked it away. Elliot then took off east by means of a picket gate. Ramlow adopted, noting the bottom was slippery with unfastened gravel and that he wasn’t positive whose property he was on at that time, based on the report.
Elliot was looking at Ramlow’s responsibility belt. Regardless of the deputy telling Elliot to get on the bottom “a minimum of 30 occasions,” Elliot superior towards Ramlow and raised his fists in a preventing method, based on the report.
Elliot continued regardless of Ramlow warning he would stun him. The deputy aimed his stun gun from about 5 to 7 ft away and fired. The probes linked however “didn’t obtain full muscle lock out.” Elliot fell to his knees, Ramlow bought on prime of him and the 2 continued preventing.
Ramlow felt Elliot pulling his ft to realize management. The deputy struck Elliot on the top with the stun gun. He shocked Elliot once more with out success and the stun gun fell to the bottom, based on the report.
The deputy, considering Elliot may go for his gun, pepper sprayed Elliot. Elliot ran earlier than stopping, drawing a pocket knife and pointing it on the deputy, who responded by drawing his gun, based on the report.
At that time, Ramlow wrote he was afraid for his life. Elliot moved towards the deputy, who backed up till he hit a wooden fence. Ramlow instructed Elliot he did not wish to shoot him a number of occasions, based on the report.
Lastly after one final command to cease, Elliot relented, grabbed keys out of his pocket and went into a house. Ramlow did not know if Elliot was getting different weapons, so he went to his automobile and referred to as dispatch. Ramlow wrote in his report that he had blood on his vest, left arm and fingers.
Ultimately, backup arrived.
Elliot surrenders after standoff
Elliot stayed holed within the dwelling till the early afternoon as a wave of regulation enforcement officers arrived with a SWAT crew and armored autos. Deputies spoke with him over the landline.
Early on, he instructed deputies he had a rifle and a pistol with 250 rounds of ammunition, based on scanner communications. Round 2:15 p.m., he instructed officers he needed to give up with out violence and got here out to be arrested.
A deputy interviewed the neighbor who Elliot was reportedly attempting to movie. She mentioned she knew Elliot solely as a neighbor who had completed unusual issues like take photographs of their autos. She mentioned she referred to as regulation enforcement on Elliot about three weeks earlier when Elliot was on their property recording her brother by means of a window, based on the report.
Deputies later discovered a crossbow and hatchet together with the knife in Elliot’s dwelling, based on the report.
Elliot was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of terrorist threats, brandishing a weapon, battery on an officer and obstructing an officer, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Ramlow was sworn in as a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy on Dec. 7, 2020, after serving as had beforehand been a deputy in Butte County, based on Facebook posts by the sheriff’s workplace.
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