Benton Drive briefly closed after reports of dangerous man


REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police closed Benton Drive for a brief time Tuesday afternoon after a man, known to have access to guns, appeared to be passed out in a vehicle with his dog.

Evan Moore, 24, of Redding, was arrested and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and for being in possession of a controlled substance.

Around 3:10 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Benton Drive for a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a blue Nissan minivan. There was also an aggressive dog in the back of the vehicle.

Earlier in the day, Redding Police officers received information that the occupant of the minivan, Evan Moore, was suicidal and was known to own a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. Additional information was received that Moore's dog had specific training in handler protection and in bite work.

When officers arrived on scene, they tried several times to communicate with Moore, but were unsuccessful. Nearby roads were closed due to the reports that Moore might be armed. Officers used an armored vehicle to approach Moore's vehicle, and were finally able to contact him.

Moore was taken to the hospital for a medical clearance and later booked into the Shasta County Jail.

Moore's dog was released to the care of Redding Animal Regulations. No weapons were found in Moore's vehicle or in his possession.