Sacto 9-1-1
June 16, 2011
South Lake Tahoe man arrested after 6-hour standoff with police

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested early this morning after a standoff that lasted more than six hours, police said.

Stephen Shaver, 44, was taken into custody outside his residence around 1:30 a.m., according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department press release. No one was injured, and no shots were fired.

Shaver's dog had attacked another dog on the street near Shaver's residence on Paradise Avenue yesterday evening. That dog's owner suggested that Shaver control his dog. According to the press release, Shaver reacted violently, pushing her in the chest. He retrieved a shotgun and threatened the owner.

A neighbor who witnessed the exchange called police around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. While the dog owner fled, Shaver returned the gun and broke into the neighbor's house, letting his dog loose inside for a few minutes, the press release said.

Then Shaver returned to his house and stood on the front porch with his shotgun, shouting threats at his neighbor, according to the department. He did not discharge the weapon.

When police first responded, Shaver refused to interact with officers, instead barricading himself inside his house with the weapon.

Shaver eventually surrendered, walking out of his house unarmed.

In a search of Shaver's residence, police discovered that he was growing marijuana inside, according to the press release. Police say they also found chemicals and possible explosive materials.

Shaver was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges, including burglary, making terrorist threats, and brandishing a firearm.

The department anticipates that more charges will be filed once the investigation of his residence is complete.

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