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K-9 Otto and CHP helicopter capture fleeing suspect


March 24, 2019                    4:06 pm


On March 24, 2019 at around 10:30 am, a resident in the 1700 block of Conifer Way reported her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Miles Calvert, 30 years old of Redding, was in the backyard of the residence. She felt he was possibly under the influence of methamphetamine based on his behavior. Calvert had an active warrant for his arrest for violation of a court order.

Officers spoke with the reporting party and learned Calvert had been seen in the past with a firearm, and had made suicidal statements. Calvert left the area prior to officers arriving.

At 12:53 hours, Officer Nick Weaver was on patrol when he saw a subject who matched the description of Miles Calvert walking in the 800 block of Hartnell Avenue. Officer Weaver contacted the subject who provided a false name. Soon after, the subject fled on foot northbound into a residential area. A perimeter was quickly established to contain Calvert, who Officer Weaver had identified by his DMV photograph.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was overhead and quickly found Calvert jumping fences between residential backyards. Calvert was posing a great risk to the general public based on the fact he was wanted, actively fleeing from officers in a residential area, and was possibly armed with a gun. For these reasons, Officer Travis Williams and his canine partner Otto were summoned from home to assist. During this time Calvert was contained within the perimeter and being observed by a CHP helicopter overhead. The helicopter crew provided information to units on the ground as to Calvert’s location and activity. Although vegetation and patio covers blocked their view at times, the information provided greatly assisted in formulating a plan to capture Calvert as safely as possible.

While officers were establishing a perimeter around the homes, residents from 873 Parsons fled their residence and immediately contacted officers. They described a subject, later positively identified as Calvert, entering their residence uninvited. They were fearful of his intentions.

When Officer Willams and K-9 Otto arrived they began a search of the yard at 873 Parsons. Within moments Calvert was seen in the backyard of 851 Parsons, and attempted to flee on foot. Officers broke through the fence to allow Otto to pursue Calvert. Calvert was quickly apprehended by Otto and taken into custody. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Calvert was booked into the Shasta County Jail for his warrant, providing false information to a police officer, trespassing, and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties.

We would like to thank the California Highway Patrol’s Northern Division Air Operations unit for their assistance and dedication to the residents of Redding. Their assistance in providing information was paramount in capturing Calvert.


Contact:        Corporal Jeff Schmidt #311

                         Redding Police Department


Reviewed:      Sergeant Gary Meadows #303