Red flags presented leading up to Rancho Tehama shooting rampage

Red flags were raised in the days and months following the mass shooting in Tehama County, California that claimed five lives and injuring 12 others. 

The shooter, Kevin Janson Neal was arrested in early January for holding two of his female neighbors hostage, stabbing one, and firing a gun at both, said Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen. 

Neal was arrested and booked at the Tehama County Jail but later posted $160,000 bail. The shooter had been arrested on other charges in North Carolina but was never convicted. 

In fear of Neal after what took place, his neighbors took out a criminal protective order against him which required the man to relinquish his firearms to police and stay away, Cohen said. 

Days before Neal went on a shooting rampage, neighbors reported that their neighbor was firing hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his backyard in clear violation of the criminal protective order. 

Sacramento based family lawyer Matthew Roy says restraining orders can be very effective keeping people away.

“Most people in the United States do what courts order them to do,” Roy said. 

He went on to say that a criminal isn’t going to follow the law. 

“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” said neighbor Brian Flint. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.”

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Department responded but police say the man was good at avoiding officers when they arrived, according to reports. 

Resources, time, a high burden probable cause must be present in order for police to obtain a search warrant to enter a person’s home, Roy said. 

The 4th amendment of constitution protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures and an implied right to privacy.

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