Crime

Former Cal Poly Humboldt runner arrested following chaotic ghost gun raid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former Rio Americano High School running back who played football for American River College, before making the switch to track and field at Cal Poly Humboldt as a senior in 2016, was arrested Tuesday following a chaotic SWAT raid on his home.

According to Kianti Gix’s World Athletics profile, he participated in dozens of meets across the country from 2007 to 2018, clocking in a personal best at the 100-yard dash in Sacramento in 2010.

According to the Track & Field Results Reporting System, he last ran at the 2016 Portland Twilight meet at Lewis & Clark college in Portland, Oregon in May of 2016, where he came in 1st at the Men’s 200-meter dash as the only athlete representing Cal Poly Humboldt.

School communications specialist Grant Scott-Goforth said Gix graduated in Spring of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Police said in a bare-bones statement posted to Facebook that, while officers were accessing Gix’s yard in the 600 Block of Las Palmas Avenue, his dog became “aggressive” and bit an officer before it was shot and killed.

“While SWAT Officers were accessing the yard of the residence, an aggressive dog attacked and bit one of our officers which caused minor injury,” the post reads. “A SWAT officer discharge[d] their weapon at the aggressive dog, which later passed away.”

After the dog was fatally shot, police said the scene was “stabilized” and a search of the home resumed, during which they found two AR-15 style rifles, a “MAC style assault weapon”, 13 handguns, five sets of body armor, and a CNC and Drill Press – used to manufacture privately made, untraceable firearms without serial numbers also known as “ghost” guns.

In an Instagram post from last June, Gix appears to pose with one of the handguns found in the search, a distinctive blue pistol with a flashlight attachment and a black slide. Several guns depicted in videos on a YouTube channel using his picture appear to have been recovered in the search as well.

Gix appears in countless videos on the channel, including gaming livestreams featuring his face and a video firing an M-16 pistol in a field.

One short, titled “This machine is incredible”, appears to show Gix holding a lower receiver made by a GG3 CNC mill.

“Finishing product of an AR-15 lower from the Ghost Gunner 3 Machine,” the individual behind the camera said. “It’s did its job – gonna put it together and see what it’s looking like.”

A similar video appears to show Gix carving out a lower receiver with the same machine.

Gix, 33, has been booked on 35 charges including selling assault weapons, possessing firearms as a felon, and possessing a machine gun, and is set to go before a judge for the first time on Thursday afternoon.

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