Colusa man arrested after hour-long standoff with police


Early Saturday afternoon, officers from the Colusa Police Department found themselves in a tense situation as they attempted to apprehend a knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness, who had barricaded himself inside a residence in Colusa.

At about 2 PM on Saturday, officers from the Colusa Police Department were dispatched to the residence on the 1400 block of Lodi Lane after they received a report of a subject who brandished a knife at another person, made threats, and locked himself in the residence.

Colusa County Sheriff’s dispatchers told the responding officers that  the reporting party said that the subject, Shaun Russell Fyfe, 22, of Colusa, was previously detained because he posed a danger to himself or others as a result of a mental health disorder, and that he was prescribed medication.

According to the Colusa Police Department, Fyfe had not been taking his prescribed psychiatric medications, and was also inhaling butane prior to and during the incident.

“He had been huffing butane, which obviously distorted his perception and intensified the incident,” Sgt. Eldon Tamez said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they told dispatch that Fyfe was armed with a knife and not letting them into the residence. At 2:14 PM, the officers told dispatch that no further assistance was needed, and that they were attempting to talk to the subject.

After officers spent about an hour trying to talk Fyfe out of the residence, Colusa Police Chief Josh Fitch gave the order for his officers to force entry into the residence.

“We had eyes on him, and he had set the knife down,” Fitch said. “I told the officers to stack up and kick in the door.”

Fitch said that it took officers three tries to break the door open, allowing Fyfe to re-arm himself with the knife before they entered the residence. Fitch said Fyfe came toward them with the knife in hand, but officers deployed their TASERs and were able to stop and handcuff him.

“None of our officers got hurt, none of the other residents of the home were hurt, and other than the subject being tazed, no one was really harmed, so it was a good day,” Tamez said.

Tamez said that Fyfe was transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and was later booked into the Colusa County Jail on suspicion of making criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon, and obstructing or resisting a peace officer. His bail was set at $125,000. â– 

Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.