On Thursday, December 20, 2012, at approximately 11:46 a.m., Woodland Police Officers were on patrol when they saw Paul Shuler Jr., who is a twenty-nine year old Woodland resident, walking on North St. near College St. The officers were aware that Shuler was a suspect in the recent theft of a vehicle and firearm, and that he was wanted by the Yolo County Probation Department for violating the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision. The officers attempted to contact Shuler on foot to arrest him. As soon as Shuler saw the officers he pulled a handgun from his waist and fled on foot. Shuler attempted to jump over a fence and into the backyard of a residence on the north side of North St. east of College St.
Shuler did not make it over the fence and instead began running eastbound on North St. The officers pursued Shuler and deployed a Taser to subdue him. Shuler fell to the ground and struggled with the officers as they attempted to handcuff him. Numerous officers responded to assist and Shuler was eventually taken into custody. Shuler sustained non-life-threatening injuries when he fell and was transported to the hospital to be medically cleared prior to booking. Officers located the stolen handgun near the fence Shuler was trying to climb over. The stolen vehicle was later located by a Woodland Police Officer parked in a parking lot in Sacramento.
Shuler was booked into the Yolo County Jail for Grand theft of a firearm, Felon in possession of a loaded firearm, Carrying a loaded firearm in public, Vehicle theft, Resisting arrest, Being under the influence of a central nervous stimulant, and Violating the terms of his probation and is being held without bail.