[UPDATE 5:47 p.m.] Shootout With Law Enforcement in Lake County; Residents Urged to Shelter in Place
In an incident which began about 9:30 a.m., a suspect and law enforcement are involved in a shootout in Lake County. The suspect may be armed with a long rifle, according to scanner information.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is telling residents in the area of Hwy 29 between Kelseyville & Kit’s Corner to stay clear of the area and to shelter in place if they are already there.
“Drivers should avoid the area,” according to the department release on Nixle.
A SWAT team is on the way, according to a report over the scaner.
“[The suspect] could be hiding almost anywhere,” reports an officer describing an area of out buildings and other spots that could provide cover.
“You are dealing with a military veteran,” one of the officers cautions the others over the scanner.
UPDATE 12:02 p.m.: Caltrans reports, “Route 29 is fully closed between Kelseyville and Route 281 (Soda Bay Rd.) due to police action. Lake County Sheriff’s Office and CHP are responding to an incident and there is currently no estimated time to reopening.”
On August 14th at approximately 10:30 AM employees with Caltrans were in the area between Cruickshank Road and Cole Creek Road on Hwy 29 in Kelseyville conducting road work. Units with the California Highway Patrol were also in the area assisting Caltrans. The CHP officers and Caltrans workers were confronted by a male subject from a residence in the area. The male suspect fired two shots in the direction of the CHP officers and Caltrans workers.
Lake County Sheriff’s units responded to assist arriving at the location at 1045 AM. Shortly after a Sheriff’s unit arrived on scene the male subject fired another shot towards the officer’s direction. At approximately 1052 AM the suspect fired two additional shots at a State Parks Officer who was at a neighboring residence assisting with a perimeter. The suspect fled on foot in the area which consists of brush and trees.
A perimeter was established and additional assistance from allied agencies was requested. Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Lakeport Police Department, Clearlake Police Department, Lake County D.A.’s Office, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. California Highway Patrol and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office assisted with air support.
The suspect was identified as Joshua Caleb Brown, 43, of Kelseyville. The search for Brown is continuing. Brown is considered armed and dangerous and should not be contacted. If you see someone you believe to be Brown avoid contact and immediately call 911.
Highway 29 remains closed to all traffic between Live Oak Drive and Bottle Rock Road. An alternate route of Soda Bay Road to Highway 29 can be used. Live Oak Drive is also closed between Cruickshank Road and Cole Creek Road.
UPDATE 5:47 p.m.: The Lake County Sheriff’s Officer reports, “At approximately 5:00PM Joshua “Buck” Brown was located and taken into custody without incident by SWAT teams that were searching his property. All road closures should be lifted within the hour.”