UPDATE 8:55 p.m. — Sheriff Allman gave a conference today at 6 p.m. concerning the shooting. Here is the video:
UPDATE 5:08 p.m. — Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman will be holding a press conference to discuss the law enforcement shooting at 6 p.m. The Mendocino Voice expects to live stream the conference on our Facebook page.
The announcement was made in a press release issued minutes ago, in which the additional details were provided:
On 10-10-2019 at 12:54 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported drunk pedestrian in the 6000 block of Central Avenue in Redwood Valley, California.MCSO
While searching for this reported pedestrian, Deputies subsequently contacted an adult male in the general vicinity (7000 block of Uva Drive).
During that contact an Officer Involve Shooting occurred.
The term “officer involved shooting” is one generally used by law enforcement agencies to describe a situation in which one of their officers shoots a civilian.
MENDOCINO Co., 10/10/19 — A man was shot by at least one Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputy (MCSO) today, at around 1:10 p.m., at a property in the 7200 block of Uva Road, in Redwood Valley. The man was first taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center, and then airlifted by helicopter to an out-of-county hospital. His condition is unknown at this time, and early scanner traffic indicate that he sustained at least one gunshot wound to the chest, but scanner traffic is not the most reliable source of information
In a brief interview Captain Greg Van Patten of the MSCO explained that three deputies responded to a call of a “suspicious” individual in the 7200 block of Uva Dr. He stated that there was some “interaction with the subject for a time,” but that he was not sure how long that interaction lasted nor how it escalated to a shooting. It is also not clear how many shots were fired, and how many deputies shot at the man, nor even how many gunshot wounds he sustained.
An investigation is underway, and details are likely to remain sparse, as stricter protocols are involved in situations where a law enforcement officer shoots someone. Specifically the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting an investigation into whether the use of force was “reasonable,” or otherwise justified. This investigation will not be carried out by the MCSO, and D.A. investigators are on the scene. The initial question of why officers responded in the first place is under the purview of the MCSO, according to the D.A.’s office.
The deputies did not sustain any injuries in whatever altercation occurred, and according to Capt. Van Patten, administered first aid to the man on the scene. Van Patten confirmed that the man was shot at least once in the torso, but could not give more specific details.
The 7200 block of Uva Dr. will remain closed off for some hours while the investigation is conducted, expect to see a law enforcement presence there for some time.