Man Attempts To Murder Police Officers WIth Molotov Cocktail

Wednesday night, a man was arrested after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at police.

The Corning Police Department began investigating a loud banging noise outside the police department on the 700 block of Fourth Street at approximately 5:40 p.m. Wednesday.

In a press release, the police department said Cassidy Russ, 32, began “fumbling with something near the front of his waistband.” When the officers ordered Russ to comply with verbal commands, he lit a Molotov cocktail and threw it at police. The cocktail missed the officer and exploded near a parked vehicle.

Molotov cocktails are homemade bombs made from gasoline bottles stuffed with cloth and lit just before they are thrown.

After the bomb detonated, an officer observed Russ walking away from the police department and onto Solano Street.

A off-duty officer tackled Russ in the 1300 block of Solano Street after observing him near the department. However, Russ hid his hands in his waistband and backpack in order to avoid arrest.

According to police, officers used baton strikes and pain compliance techniques to subdue Russ, who resisted arrest. Under sustained resistance, officers placed Russ in handcuffs.

It wasn’t the first time Russ threw a Molotov cocktail toward cops. He had an active arrest warrant from a previous incident near where Corning police stage marked patrol cars in late July.

Russ was booked into the Tehama County Jail on several charges, including attempted murder, possession of explosives, arson, battery on a peace officer, and resisting arrest. Currently being held without bail at the Tehama County Jail, he is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 6.