MENDOCINO Co., 7/23/2021 — A shooting victim was found dead at a property north of Laytonville early Friday morning, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO), and two individuals have been detained after a lengthy search that left one deputy injured. During the investigation, deputies also discovered cannabis greenhouses and gardens on the parcel.
A caller reported hearing gunshots around 1:45 a.m. in the 50000 block of Bell Springs Road. He reportedly found a man with a gunshot wound who stopped breathing at some point, and deputies responding to the scene found his remains about an hour later at 2:54 a.m.
So far the deceased has only been described as a Hispanic adult male with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg.
During a search of the greenhouses and outdoor areas of the farm an individual was allegedly spotted fleeing down the hill, prompting a search that included assistance from a California Highway Patrol helicopter out of Redding. They detained two people sometime after 6 a.m.
The sheriff’s office is reporting that one deputy had to be evacuated by ambulance after falling and suffering a leg injury during the search, but the injury is not thought to be life threatening. County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) and the major crimes task force are currently looking into the legal status of the grow operation, but no other information is being released at this time.
Here’s the press release from MCSO:
DATE: “July 23, 2021”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
50000 block of Bell Springs Road in Leggett, CA
Date of Incident:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184
On 07-23-2021 at 1:30 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call of a potential shooting at a property located in the 50000 block of Bell Springs Road in Leggett, California.
While Deputies were responding to the location, the caller reported hearing gunshots and subsequently found an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. It was also reported the adult male was not breathing.
Deputies arrived at the location at approximately 2:54 AM and located a deceased Hispanic adult male who appeared to have a gunshot wound to the leg.
Deputies also noticed the presence of growing marijuana in greenhouses and in outdoor settings on the property.
A protective sweep of the property was conducted in an attempt to locate any additional victim(s) of the shooting. Deputies requested the assistance of air resources from the California Highway Patrol.
At approximately 3:57 AM a Deputy noticed the presence of an individual running downhill on the property which prompted a search for this individual.
At approximately 6:00 AM, CHP Helicopter H14 from Redding (CA) was able to arrive on scene and assist with the search efforts. During this time H14 was able to locate two individuals who then were detained by Deputies on the ground.
During this search effort a Deputy sustained a leg injury from a fall and had to be evacuated by ambulance to a local hospital for medical evaluation/treatment for a significant but non-life threatening injury.
Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and are conducting follow-up investigations into the incident.
Personnel from the County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) and Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF) were also summoned to the scene to investigation the legality of the marijuana growing operation found on the property.
No additional information is available at this time due to the active ongoing investigations.
Another press release will be issued when additional information becomes available that can be releasable to the public.
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184