Charge of shooting police K-9 dropped against home-invasion robbery suspect

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A K-9 with the Redding Police Department suffered a gunshot wound during a confrontation with a home-invasion robbery suspect on the night of Dec. 13 in the parking lot of Win-River Casino. An investigation concluded the police K-9 was struck by a bullet from a police officer's gun while the dog struggled with home-invasion burglary suspect Adam Parsons.
A K-9 with the Redding Police Department suffered a gunshot wound during a confrontation with a home-invasion robbery suspect on the night of Dec. 13 in the parking lot of Win-River Casino. An investigation concluded the police K-9 was struck by a bullet from a police officer's gun while the dog struggled with home-invasion burglary suspect Adam Parsons.

A home-invasion robbery suspect who was wounded during an officer-involved shooting with Redding police in December will not be charged with shooting a police K-9, according to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

An investigation revealed the dog was struck by gunfire from the police officer.

One of the original counts against 38-year-old Adam Parsons — assaulting a police animal causing a serious injury — was dismissed during his Dec. 22 arraignment.

"New information indicates that (Parsons) didn’t shoot the canine; a bullet from the officer struck him while the canine struggled with the defendant," the DA's office said.

At his arraignment in Shasta County Superior Court, Parsons pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the alleged home invasion involving an 80-year-old woman on Dec. 13.

Parsons is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a peace officer with a firearm, home-invasion robbery, carjacking, elder abuse causing great bodily injury and first degree residential robbery, according to the DA's office.

Parsons is being held at the Shasta County Jail with no bail from a previous case and $1 million bail from the officer-involved shooting case, the DA's office said.

"A 'no bail' hold means that Parsons is not able to post bail to be released from custody," the DA's office said.

Parsons, who was on parole for burglary, is due back in court on Jan. 5 for the setting of a preliminary hearing.

He was wounded and taken to a hospital after officers were trying to arrest him around midnight outside Win-River Casino. The wounded K-9 was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment, police said on their Facebook page.

"We will continue to share updates on this case when appropriate and pertinent," police said.

The case involves a woman living in the 2000 block of Allegheny Drive who said Parsons forced his way into her home by throwing a cinder block through a back glass window.

The woman recognized the man because she had hired him sometime in 2020 to do work around the house. She had told police she had seen him before in the neighborhood.

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Police previously said Parsons "entered her home and proceeded to violently assault her, steal her jewelry, her purse and her vehicle."

The woman was able to escape by crawling away and calling police from a neighbor's house, Redding police Capt. Ron Icely previously said at a press conference. The woman was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Parsons drove away in the woman's silver 2016 Toyota RAV4. Authorities later that day found the woman's car abandoned in the area of Prospectors Drive off Canyon Road in south Redding.

Following leads that police received, they found Parsons inside Win-River Casino and a short time later saw him outside. When Parsons was on a trail, he saw police and ran to the rear of the casino.

The department said Parsons brought out a handgun and "engaged officers."

"It was our K-9 officer who first had contact with him. It's at that time, a firearm was produced by Parsons and shots were fired," Icely said. "At that time the K-9 had just been deployed.

The officer who fired at Parsons was not named and was on paid administrative leave. The name of his K-9 also wasn't released.

Parsons suffered an unspecified number of gunshot wounds and underwent surgery.

"My understanding is his injuries are not life-threatening," Icely said.

Icely said Parsons was sentenced to prison in 2016 for burglary. He said Parsons has been arrested four times since May for delaying or resisting officers. In October, Icely said Parsons was held for possessing, brandishing and negligently shooting a firearm in north Redding.

Mike Chapman is an award-winning reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Support local journalism by subscribing today.

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