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9 p.m.: Gerber standoff concludes with discovery of alleged shooter's body
By GEOFF JOHNSON and RICH GREENE - MediaNews Group
Posted: 12/02/2008 12:12:46 PM PST

GERBER — An eight-hour standoff at a house in Gerber ended tonight when a remote infrared camera was sent into the Reno Avenue home and discovered a body on the kitchen floor believed to be the man who allegedly wounded a CHP officer.

A doctor was brought in to examine the body, which had sustained gunshot wounds, and declared the man dead, Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker said. It was not clear whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of officers returning fire.

The standoff began at about 10:30 a.m. after James E. Long, 60, allegedly opened fire on CHP officers and Tehama County deputies as they approached his house in response to a domestic disturbance report. Gerber is located west of Los Molinos near Highway 99W.

Red Bluff CHP officer David Madrigal was shot in the leg this morning while assisting sheriff's deputies. He was listed in serious condition after being airlifted to Redding's Mercy Medical Center, according to hospital spokesman Michael Burke. As of tonight, Madrigal was out of surgery with a good prognosis, Parker said.

Parker said the incident began when Long reportedly became violent after having an argument with Jean Bradley over her turning off his Internet access. He began throwing items around the house and Bradley called police.

The two have lived together for about 14 years, according to Susan

Mabe, who describes herself as Bradley's best friend. Mabe said Long's behavior and temper have been escalating in recent months.

"He blames her for everything," she said.

Bradley and Long's father escaped the residence following the shooting and other residents nearby were evacuated.

Upon entering the home, officers found guns lining many windows, leading them to believe Long was prepared for an assault, Parker said. Long did have access to a number of firearms, including rifles and shotguns, Tehama County Sheriff's Department Capt. Paul Hosler said.

Law enforcement presence was estimated at more than 50 officers with numerous vehicles and a Shasta County SWAT team on scene. Helicopters surveyed the area throughout the afternoon.

Attempts to drive Long out of the residence using a concussion grenade and loudspeakers were unsuccessful. Later deployment of a dozen tear gas canisters over a 45-minute span also failed to get a reaction from Long.

Access to the residence was blocked off for a half-mile in either direction and law enforcement officials ordered lights, which were used when the standoff continued into the evening.

Officials at Gerber Union Elementary School, a mile from the home, placed the school in a voluntary lockdown shortly after the incident. School was later dismissed at the normal time and all students were taken by bus to their homes to be met by parents.

The residence is described as a 2,000-square-foot modular farm house on a 13-acre plot. A number of horses are also on the property.

Mabe described Long as a survivalist and said he subscribed to magazines targeted at survivalists.

Neighbors said Long's son committed suicide more than 10 years ago.

"I don't think he has anything to lose," Mabe said.

Geoff Johnson and Rich Greene are reporters for the Red Bluff Daily News.
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"........opened fire on CHP officers and Tehama County deputies as they approached his house in response to a domestic disturbance report."

First rule of survival:

Don't create a domestic disturbance that requires a police presence.

Methinks the gentlemen was a tad bit edgy to begin with. His SO turned of "his" internet access?

There's definitely more to this story than we can read.
 

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if you are very good no one cares!!! but if you are very bad EVERYONE cares... me thinks there is a lesson to be learnt here? it anit a crime if you dont get caught, and if you are going to have a house full of guns dont try and fight the law :)
 

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A good reason to have no female attachments.... the old domestic disturbance cop out.
Fair point, I wonder if Bradley will sell up the 2,000-square-foot modular farm house on a 13-acre plot along with the horses. Perhaps she'll be relaxing in Dubai shortly. It's not like with the guns lining the windows she didn't know a confrontation with the cops would mean serious trouble. Article states he "became violent", but only further that he was "throwing things around the house" - this doesn't infer a beating (yet). Heck I throw stuff around the homestead sometimes. And she felt safe enough to turn off his internet access too, so again, that implies she was not victim directly to physical violence previously and therefore this was nothing more than a tantrum response. But then again, this is rather cynical speculation :D:

Later deployment of a dozen tear gas canisters over a 45-minute span also failed to get a reaction from Long.
Bummer, what if he had been wounded by the return fire and just choked out? Perhaps he had a gas mask and was still going. Article seems brief on when and at what point fire was exchanged.
 

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if you are very good no one cares!!! but if you are very bad EVERYONE cares... me thinks there is a lesson to be learnt here? it anit a crime if you dont get caught, and if you are going to have a house full of guns dont try and fight the law :)
Yes, just give them up meekly, like you Brits did.

May your chains sit lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were once our allies.
 

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A good reason to have no female attachments.... the old domestic disturbance cop out.

i like the female attachments especially boobies and leggies!and marriage is soooo 20th century.shacking up with 2 bi girlfriends is in now but the bed gets too hot in summers!
 

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marriage is soooo 20th century.
Just pointing out that this coupled were not married. They were just partners. It states that James E. Long and Jean Bradley "lived together" for 14 years. His son committed suicide 10 years ago so I doubt that child was a bastard by Jean (unless he did it at 4 years old). What's US law like on this situation, with long term cohabitants? There were changes in the Uk a few years back giving them similar financial obligations and rights to marriage, within certain parameters.
 

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Just pointing out that this coupled were not married. They were just partners. It states that James E. Long and Jean Bradley "lived together" for 14 years. His son committed suicide 10 years ago so I doubt that child was a bastard by Jean (unless he did it at 4 years old). What's US law like on this situation, with long term cohabitants? There were changes in the Uk a few years back giving them similar financial obligations and rights to marriage, within certain parameters.
Some states you can sue for "palimony", some states have what they call "common law" marriages, other states you can kick her to the curb with impunity.
 
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