In Yesterday’s Shooting in Ukiah, Resident Who Claims Self-Defense in Shooting Transient Arrested
Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Please remember that all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty:
On 11-21-2016 around 11:20 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received several calls of “shooting in the area” and one call from a male who identified himself as Steven Ryan. Ryan advised that he’d just shot a person near his residence in self defense. Officers from the Ukiah Police Department and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies and ambulance personnel responded to the scene, located in the 220 Block of East Perkins Street in Ukiah. At that location a 20 year old male victim was located deceased in the driveway, from what appeared to be one or more gunshot wounds.
Steven Ryan was detained for questioning by responding Officers and the Sheriff’s Detective Unit was called to the scene. The location is a large rural property owned by a local vineyard with numerous rental houses and apartments on the property. During the investigation it was learned the Suspect Steven Ryan lives in one of the rental houses. Ryan and the victim got into in a verbal argument over a possible trespass situation after the victim was seen rummaging through a waste disposal bin on the property. Both parties may have approached each other where numerous shots were fired by Ryan with the victim being struck by one or more rounds from a large caliber handgun.
Ryan, who had initially been one of the callers to report the incident, claimed the shooting was in self defense. The investigation led Detectives to believe the shooting may not have met the criteria of a “justified or self defense” shooting. Ryan was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on an open charge of murder. His bail will be set at $500,000.
An autopsy is currently being scheduled to determine the exact cause of death and or the full extent of the victim’s injuries.