Attempted Homicide Follows an Assault Near Covelo, Says Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office
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 09-07-2018 at approximately 11:40 P.M., Deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported shooting at a residence in the 23700 block of Hopper Lane in Covelo, California.
Round Valley Tribal Police (RVTP) officers were at the scene and reported two subjects were exchanging gunfire at a nearby property.
RVTP Officers contacted one of the subjects, identified as Loren Riley, who was in possession of a shotgun in the driveway to the property. Riley was ordered to drop the firearm and he complied. Riley was detained at the scene by RVTP and the firearm was secured.
Multiple Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were in the area and responded to assist. A perimeter was set around the property and multiple verbal commands were given to the second subject to surrender. The other subject involved in the shooting did not respond to the verbal commands.
After multiple other verbal commands were given for the subject to surrender, he was observed running on Ledger Lane and detained by Fish and Wildlife Wardens. This subject was identified as Isaac Islas who lived in a trailer at the same property as Riley.
A search warrant was authored by a Detective with the MCSO Investigations Bureau and the scene was processed for evidence related to this investigation.
Through multiple interviews, crime scene investigation, and evidence located at the scene, Deputies determined a 12-gauge shotgun was discharged multiple times by Riley towards the trailer where Islas resides. Evidence was located at the trailer that Islas discharged a pistol northbound towards Riley.
It was determined that the shooting was a result of an earlier assault where Riley was significantly assaulted by Islas when discussing their involvement in different gangs.
Riley left the property after being assaulted, returned with a shotgun, and attempted to shoot Islas multiple times in retaliation for the earlier battery.
Riley was determined to be on two counts of formal probation in Mendocino County and is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms. Islas was also determined to be a prohibited person due to prior criminal convictions.
Riley was placed under arrest for 664/187 PC [Attempted Homicide], 29800(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm], and 1203.2 PC [Formal Probation Violation]. Riley was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a no-bail status due to his probation violations.
Islas was placed under arrest for 243(d) PC [Battery with Great Bodily Injury], 30305(a)(1) PC [Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person], and 186.22(a) PC [Participation in a Criminal Street Gang]. Islas was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he is to be held in lieu of $55,000.00 bail.