After Drive By Shooting, Ex-Felon Arrested With a Rifle, Says Mendocino 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:

Luis Chavez

Luis Chavez

On 05-12-2017 at about 11:57 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office were dispatched to a reported drive by shooting in the area of the Buck Horn Bar in Covelo, California.

When Deputies arrived they learned that some sort of altercation occurred between several adult males inside of the bar which then moved to the middle of the street. A witness reported subjects driving up in a brown color pickup truck and firing several rounds possibly into the air.

As Deputies were checking the area for evidence of the shooting they noticed a Hispanic male adult walking east towards Highway 162 from Howard Street

The Deputies observed the subject appeared to be carrying a rifle wrapped in a jacket. The subject was then ordered at gunpoint to put the weapon on the ground and to step away from it. The subject complied placing the weapon on the ground and was then ordered to lay prone on the ground until another Deputy could arrive to assist.

Another Deputy arrived and the subject was handcuffed and detained without further incident.

The Deputies removed the jacket and found that the subject was in fact carrying a rifle.

The subject was eventually identified as Luis Chavez.

Chavez was checked for warrants and probation and the Deputies learned Chavez was an ex-felon who is not allowed to possess a firearm.

Upon further investigation, Deputies learned Chavez also had a felony warrant out of Mendocino County for 245(a) (2) PC assault with a firearm and another misdemeanor warrant for 23152(B) CVC DUI also out of Mendocino County.

Chavez was placed under arrest for 29800(A)(1) PC Felon in possession of a firearm, 25400(A)(2) PC carrying a firearm concealed on a person, 148.9(A) PC False name to peace officer and the two above listed warrants.

Chavez was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail and was held in lieu of $385,000.00 bail.



  • How do you become an ex-felon???????

    • Right? I guess maybe if you have it expunged? But obviously not the case if he still can’t have firearms.

  • But he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm……..That’s why I question the Ex-Felon statement..I know you can get a felony exponged

  • Veterans friend

    How dumb to you have to be to walk down the street with your rifle wrapped in your jacket, all the while police in front of you and your felonious history behind you.
    Seriously, felony stupid.

  • Good luck keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals. Felonies expunged is a perk of prop 47, but restrictions still apply.

  • Lefthanded Lunatics

    Hey, it’s Humboldt! Even felons NEED lots of weapons! To survive!

    Take drugs today! They improve EVERYTHING!

  • Right handed nut job

    Actually covelo though is in Mendocino County lunatics

  • If he is an illegal resident will he be let go again?

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