Siskiyou deputy injured during Mount Shasta arrest

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Michael Louis O'Connell, 28, was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for the felony resisting arrest and arrest warrant charges.

A man who fled from law enforcement when they attempted to arrest him on a warrant April 15 was ultimately apprehended after he stole a car and injured a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputy in the struggle.

Michael Louis O’Connell, 28, was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for the felony resisting arrest and arrest warrant charges. More charges may be filed later, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.

The incident began just before 3:45 p.m. on April 15 when deputies Erickson, Phonepaseuth, and acting sergeant John Zook attempted to arrest O’Connell for an outstanding felony arrest warrant in the 100 block of Irene Lane.

O’Connell led deputies on a foot pursuit, Lopey said, before entering a Dodge vehicle parked on the nearby roadway, locked the door and refused to exit.

“Forced entry was made and the suspect violently resisted arrest, started the vehicle’s ignition, and then accelerated away from the scene,” according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. “A deputy was thrown to the ground and nearly run over by the vehicle. The suspect was able to escape from the scene and a search by SCSO and local agencies ensued but initially the suspect was not located.”

The Dodge was later locate dby a Mount Shasta Police Department officer abandoned on Wagon Wheel Road, although O’Connell was nowhere to be found.

Later that evening, while searching for the suspect, Sergeant Whetstine and Deputy Stock located O’Connell and took him into custody. He was arraigned in the Siskiyou County Superior Court for the arrest and arrest warrant charges, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The deputy was treated for injuries at a local medical facility.

“We are thankful this incident did not end with more people getting hurt and more serious injuries being sustained by the deputy involved in this dangerous confrontation,” said Lopey. It is always a bad idea to resist, obstruct, and delay a peace officer while he or she is engaged in the performance of their duties and such abhorrent behavior endangered the suspect, all involved peace officers, and citizens. The felony resisting arrest offense, due to the nature of the violence and the resulting injury to the deputy, is a serious matter, which potentially could result in a state prison sentence. SCSO and members of other agencies teamed up to help resolve this incident and ultimately, SCSO and its partners did not give up on their quest to arrest the perpetrator of this violent offense and in so doing helped to protect the public as well.”

Those with information can call the SCSO’s 24 hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.