UPDATE, 7:34 a.m.: The Mendocino Voice reports that MCSO has a shooting suspect in custody. Their apprehension was announced to the public by another mass text. Read it below:
THIS IS THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE THE HOMICIDE SUSPECT HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS IN CUSTODY, THE SHERIFF WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL CITIZENS FOR YOUR CALLS AND REPORTS IN THIS MATTER
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Original Post: One man is dead and another has been medevaced to an out-of-area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Highway 101’s Ridgewood Grade between Willits and Ukiah. The incident closed the highway to southbound traffic for over five hours but, as of 11:45 p.m., Caltrans tells us that things are moving again.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued a late-night press release summarizing today’s events:
On 07-02-2018 at approximately 4:41 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the California Highway Patrol where dispatched to a suspicious situation in the area of Mile Post Marker 35 on North Highway 101 south of Golden Rule.
Initial reports suggested a vehicle had been involved in a traffic collision and that an occupant was suffering from a gunshot wound.
Law enforcement personnel arrived and located a 2001 maroon Chevrolet Silverado 4-door pickup truck stopped in the southbound traffic lanes of North Highway 101.
Inside the pickup truck were two adult male occupants suffering from obvious gunshot wounds (undetermined amount at this time). One occupant was determined to be deceased and the other occupant suffered from a life threatening injury requiring him to be transported to an out of county hospital for medical treatment.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and have assumed investigative jurisdiction into the incident with assistance from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice and Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives are actively conducting investigations and more information will be released at a later date by press release as information becomes available.
Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting incident or the pickup truck prior to or after the shooting is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100. Anonymous information can be left on this Tip-Line.
The Mendocino Voice spent all Monday evening providing shooting updates to readers and reports that MCSO sent out a text message with information about a suspect to county residents. From The Voice:
THIS IS THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. WE ARE ASKING FOR CITIZEN ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING THE SUSPECT FROM A SHOOTING THAT OCCURED[sic] ON HIGHWAY 101 BETWEEN UKIAH AND WILLITS. THE SUSPECT LEFT ON FOOT IN AN UNKNOWN DIRECTION OF TRAVEL. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THE SUSPECT IS MALE OR FEMALE, NOR DO WE HAVE ANY CLOTHING DESCRIPTION. SUBJECT MAY BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS. PLEASE CONTACT THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENT OR NOTICE SUBJECTS IN YOUR AREA THAT ARE STRANGE OR OUT OF PLACE. ESPECIALLY ANYONE SEEN IN YOUR AREA HITCH HICKING.[sic]
We will update when we know more.