Man Arrested for Shooting at Two Others in Covelo
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 05-23-2018 at approximately 12:14 A.M., Deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported shooting incident in the area of Ledger Lane south of Hopper Lane in Covelo, California. Deputies responded and learned that two adult males were inside a vehicle and were attempting to leave the area of Ledger Lane when another vehicle approached. One of the subjects was able to identify the driver of the second vehicle as being Antone Downey.
Downey was seated in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the two other subjects who were in a separate vehicle attempting to leave the area. Downey yelled profanities at the two subjects and fired one round from a handgun in the direction of the two adult males. Neither of the male subjects were struck by the gunfire.
Downey left the area in his vehicle traveling towards Hopper Lane. The two adult males then left the area and were chased by Downey in his vehicle. Downey pursued the two male subjects and was reportedly waving the handgun while driving the vehicle.
Downey eventually discontinued his pursuit of the two adult males and left the area. The two males were in fear for their lives so they returned to their home, which is when the incident was reported to the Sheriff’s Office . The two male subjects were not injured during the incident with Downey.
The Deputies and Round Valley Tribal Police responded to the 100 block of Concow Boulevard in an attempt to contact Downey regarding this incident. The Deputies learned Downey was contacted by family members and asked to respond to the house and meet with law enforcement.
Downey arrived at the location in a vehicle and was contacted regarding this incident.
During the contact, Deputies learned there was a handgun located in the glove box of Downey’s vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and took custody of the handgun, a partially-loaded magazine for the gun, and a box of ammunition.
Downey was subsequently advised and placed under arrest for 245(a)(2) PC [Assault with a Firearm].
Downey was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $40,000.00 bail.