Gunshot Victim Refuses to Cooperate With Mendocino Sheriff’s Officers
This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 02-07-17 at approximately 2:36 P.M., deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Covelo Volunteer Fire Department at 75900 Highway 162 for a reported gunshot wound victim.
When the deputies were responding, they were informed that the victim was being transported by ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, CA. MCSO detectives responded to the hospital and attempted to interview the victim, who was identified as Jefferey Joaquin (22 year-old from Covelo, CA). Joaquin refused to cooperate with this investigation and did not provide any possible suspect information or a possible location where this crime occurred.
Joaquin appeared to have been shot in the chest or torso area with a large caliber firearm, which was believed to possibly be a handgun.
Deputies responded to Covelo and met with Round Valley Tribal Police officers who were in the 22500 block of Refuse Rd. where Joaquin was reportedly found after the shooting. Deputies searched the area for possible evidence related to this investigation, but were unable to confirm the exact location of where the incident may have occurred.
This incident is currently under investigation and anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the MCSO Tip Line at 707-234-2100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.