Brett Christopher Rhodes, age 32, was arrested on the evening of Thursday, March 7 after allegedly walking onto a Curly Jack Road resident’s property and confronting the landowner with what he believed was a handgun in Rhodes’ pocket.

A Happy Camp man who was in possession of a facsimile handgun was arrested last week after what Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey described as a “belligerent confrontation” with a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Brett Christopher Rhodes, age 32, was arrested on the evening of Thursday, March 7 after allegedly walking onto a Curly Jack Road resident’s property and confronting the landowner with what he believed was a handgun in Rhodes’ pocket.

Although a Taser was used three times to subdue him, Rhodes was not affected and continued resisting arrest until he was tackled by law enforcement and taken into custody, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Rhodes was quickly identified as the subject once Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputy Gabe Garrison and a California Highway Patrol officer arrived on scene, according to the press release. It was determined he had an active felony drug-related arrest warrant.

“As Garrison approached the suspect he walked behind a camp trailer and later emerged in the open with his hands in the pockets of a jacket,” said Lopey. He was ordered to show his hands and he refused, became increasingly belligerent, and he appeared to be purposely reaching into his pocket attempting to retrieve an unidentified object while held at gunpoint by both peace officers.”

Rhodes then ran from the scene toward local residents in the area while pursued by Garrison and the CHP officer, Lopey said.

Rhodes ran onto a driveway and into the yard and then the porch of a residence in the 1500 block of Curly Jack Road and was again confronted by both peace officers. He attempted to enter a residence but the door was locked.

Rhodes refused to comply with orders of the deputy and a Taser device was used, “however, the Taser deployment had no impact on the suspect,” said Lopey. A second Taser deployment also had no effect on Rhodes.

“Mr. Rhodes cursed and taunted the deputy and officer and refused to take off his jacket or reveal what was in the one pocket, which Deputy Garrison observed to look like an object forming the shape of a possible handgun,” said Lopey.

Rhodes then removed a glass pipe from his pocket and advised the deputy and officer it was his “crack pipe,” the press release stated.

Garrison asked the Sheriff’s Office dispatch to ask the residents in the home to take cover and to stay on the floor in the rear area of their house in the event gunfire ensued, since Rhodes was suspected to be armed with a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Rhodes fled the property and a CHP officer’s deployment of his Taser device proved ineffective a third time.

Rhodes fled in the direction of Happy Camp and later took off his jacket and threw it onto a vehicle belonging to Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Department Chief Erick Haskell.

Rhodes then took a fighting stance and resisted arrest again when confronted but Garrison and the CHP officer were able to tackle him and take Rhodes into custody.

“A realistic-looking BB ‘facsimile’ handgun was found in one of this jacket pockets,” said Lopey.

Rhodes was later transported to Fairchild Medical Center, examined, treated, and released for booking at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka. He was booked for felony arrest warrants; resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer in the line of duty; possession of drug paraphernalia; and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

“This was a high risk call for Deputy Garrison the CHP officer,” Lopey stated. “The facsimile BB gun looked like a real handgun and the suspect’s aggressive, belligerent, and resistant actions endangered the safety of the involved peace officers and nearby residents. These courageous peace officers avoided using deadly force in a situation that was tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving.

Lopey called their restraint “commendable under the difficult circumstances they encountered” and said the incident could have led to a “tragic outcome.”

“The responsible and measured response from Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer prevented that tragedy from happening and protected citizens threatened by Mr. Rhode’s unlawful and violent behavior.”

Those with information about his case, which is still under investigation, should call (530) 841-2900.