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Those who knew a 26-year-old Redding man shot and killed by a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday night describe him as a nice man, a good father and a hard worker whose life fell into an abyss of crime and violence because of his addiction to methamphetamine.

“I know he did a terrible thing to someone else, but he was a good person when he wasn’t on drugs,” said Amanda Torras, a 27-year-old Redding woman whose daughter used to play with James Thomas Jobe’s little girl.

Torras said when she first met Jobe working at Redding’s Red Lion Inn nearly a decade ago she never would have expected his life to end the way it did Tuesday night.

Redding police investigators say a deputy was forced to shoot Jobe after he somehow got his hands on another deputy’s baton and beat that deputy to the point he needed 26 staples in his head to close the wounds. When he was shot, Jobe was trying to wrest the deputy’s pistol from him as the two grappled on the side of Interstate 5 in north Redding, investigators say.

Police say the deputy was bleeding so badly his blood soaked the crime scene.

Torras didn’t offer excuses for Jobe’s violent end, but she said she wanted those who may judge him to know that he wasn’t always a violent meth addict, one so paranoid that another friend, the woman who was pulled over driving Jobe Tuesday night, said he bolted when he saw red and blue lights flashing in the pickup’s rear view mirror.

In fact, Torras said, there was a time when she felt him safe enough to watch her daughter, while she and the mother of Jobe’s now 5-year-old girl ran errands.

Torras said she first met Jobe at the hotel’s restaurant around 2003. She said he impressed her with his work ethic. She said she watched as he worked his way up from a dishwasher to a line cook, she said.

“He was a good guy, a great worker,” Torras said. “Then he went the wrong way.”

His habit got him fired from that job and from another he later landed at different Redding restaurant, she said.

Torras said Jobe was in a long-term relationship with his daughter’s mother, her friend.

The couple split up about two years ago. Torras said that’s when Jobe’s life seemed to spiral out of control. She said it’s reflected in his crime reports.

Jobe had a history of drug and weapons offenses in Shasta County. He had been arrested eight times in the past 15 months, police said.

He was due to be arraigned Monday on a felony count of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of being a felon in possession of a stun gun, as well as being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle or a syringe.

Sheriff Tom Bosenko has said Jobe’s most recent arrest was late last month. A criminal complaint was filed on Oct. 17. Redding Police Chief Peter Hansen said Thursday that investigators found drugs Jobe had thrown away while he was running from the deputy Tuesday night.

Elizabeth Theresa Couts, 47, of Burney, the woman driving the pickup from which Jobe fled Tuesday, said Jobe ran from the truck because he thought he had warrants out for his arrest. She said she’d only known Jobe for about four months.

The two had been roommates.

“I was trying to get him into fishing and stuff to try to keep his mind off other bad things,” Couts said Thursday, tears welling in her eyes. “I just thought he was a really nice person. He was only 26. Nobody deserves to die that young. He still had his whole life ahead of him.”

Couts said before they were pulled over, Jobe was telling her he wanted to try to see his daughter.

Torras said Jobe’s little girl is being watched by her grandmother, because the girl’s mother is unable to care for her.

She said she didn’t want to give the girl’s name because she hopes she can grow up without being associated with her father’s violent end, and with the meth use that has ruined her family — and plagued a community.

“I see it mess up families all the time. You see them walking around, and you look at all the arrests,” Torras said. “It makes me realize I hate that crap. I can’t stand it.”

http://www.redding.com/news/2011/oct/28/tuesday-shooting-drugs-paved-path-to-ruin/

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