[UPDATE: Captured] Man Wanted for Attempted Murder Hits Two Pursuing Mendocino County Sheriff’s Vehicles
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 04-05-2020 at about 4:45 PM, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Adventist Health Howard Memorial Hospital Willits regarding a 54 year-old male with an apparent gunshot wound.
Deputies responded to the hospital and spoke with the adult male who was being treated for his wounds. The adult male was subsequently transported to an out of county hospital for further treatment and was expected to survive.
Deputies later obtained information that the shooting incident occurred in the 71000 block of Hill Road in Covelo, California.
Deputies responded to a residence in that area in an attempt to contact the possible shooter identified as being Randolph Paul Bisson.
Deputies noticed visible physical evidence outside the residence and did not located Bisson at the location.
Sheriff’s Office Detectives were contacted and began follow-up investigations.
Sometime thereafter, Bisson was seen nearby driving a vehicle. Deputies attempted a traffic enforcement stop but Bisson failed to stop and a vehicular pursuit ensued.
During the pursuit, Bisson was suspected of intentionally striking two Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles causing minor body damage. Bisson appeared to attempt to ram a third Deputy’s patrol vehicle causing the Deputy to quickly maneuver out of the path of Bisson to prevent a collision.
Bisson continued northbound on Mina Road where he lost control of his vehicle and fled on foot about two miles up Mina Road from the Highway 162 intersection.
A search of the area was conducted and Bisson was not located. At this time his current whereabouts are unknown and he is considered to be armed and dangerous.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information related to the whereabouts of Randolph Paul Bisson or information related to this investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stephanie Garnica at the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-line at 707-234-2100 or the We-Tip anonymous crime reporting hot-line at 800-782-7463.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting incident is still under investigation by Sheriff’s Office Detectives and no further information is available at this time.
UPDATE: Captured, says the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on their Facebook page.
Earlier Chapter: Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Seeking Man for Attempted Murder