TCSO: Los Molinos man arrested, hospitalized after challenging, attacking deputies


A Los Molinos man is being treated for injuries after challenging deputies by refusing to surrender to deputies, attacking deputies, and then resisting arrest, according to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, at about 5:38 a.m., deputies responded to Hooker Creek Road in Cottonwood for a man who was armed with a knife and was trying to get into a home.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found Ethan Winter, 24, sitting in the homeowners truck, armed with a shotgun.

Winter refused to comply with deputies commands, loading a shotgun with live ammunition and pointing it out the driver's side window, in the direction of deputies.

Officials added Winter was challenging deputies to shoot him.

After negotiating with Winter for about 30 minutes, attempting to get him to lay the shotgun down and come out of the truck, deputies took advantage of an opportunity when the shotgun got jammed between the steering wheel and the center console.

Deputies were able to get the truck door open and get the shotgun away from Winter. Deputies then attempted to use a taser to subdue Winter but it was not effective and Winter jumped out of the truck and rushed deputies.

Deputies then struck Winter with three beanbag rounds, which were also not effective. Winter continued to resist and was struck several times with a baton and taser.

Officials said during the altercation with deputies, Winter grabbed hold and tried to take the firearms of two separate deputies.

Winter was finally arrested with the efforts of seven deputies. Two deputies suffered minor injures during the altercation.

Winter suffered injuries that required surgery for his hand and observation by hospital staff overnight. It was determined he was under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and alcohol during the altercation.

Once medically cleared, Winter will be booked into the Tehama County Jail for resisting an executive officer, brandishing a firearm to a peace officer, attempting to take a firearm from a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition.

A mug shot for Winter was not available as he is still hospitalized.

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