UPDATE: Home Cleared, Man Arrested After Bomb Squad Call
A convicted felon and registered sex offender surrendered to Redding police late Friday night after an hours-long standoff, and admitted to having a cache of weapons and possible booby traps in his home.
Investigators say they had information that Scott Alan Crotte, 57, who is restricted from being in possession of firearms, might have multiple hand grenades and guns inside a home in the 5600 block of Mountain View Drive. They were also told Crotte could be using narcotics heavily, and was paranoid.
After setting up surveillance on the house, police obtained a search warrant, and utilized the SWAT team to serve that warrant.
As a precaution, a nearby apartment complex was evacuated while SWAT team members made numerous announcements over a public address system for Crotte to come out.
Eventually, he did, and was taken to the Redding Police Department for questioning.
During that questioning, he apparently admitted to having several hand grenades, firearms, and ammunition in the home, as well as possible booby traps. As a result, the Shasta County Bomb Squad was called in.
Using robots, investigators say the Bomb Squad eventually found a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun, several hand grenades, body armor, a stun gun, and a large amount of ammunition.
All items were made safe, no one was hurt, and there were no explosions.
Crotte was arrested for possession of explosive devices, being an ex-felon in possession of firearms, being an ex-felon in possession of a stun gun, and being an ex-felon in possession of ammunition.
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