Man Arrested for Shooting at Two Others in Covelo

Antone DowneyThis 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.



  • Anonymous Humboldtian

    I think there is a bit more backstory that’s not being told. I doubt this was random.

    • Really? You don’t say.

    • Heather Downey

      Thank you. Yes more to the story. They don’t say how his wife who is now Ex wife and her mother attacked him at his home and tried to kill him in front of his 3 year old daughter.

  • Divide by Zero

    Countdown to comments blaming Trump——10-9-8-7——–

  • Those people in Covelo are nuts!

    • Heather Downey

      This is my brother. And these so called victims changed their story multiple times. My brother has no record and never been in trouble before.

  • Oh the cops are here looking for me? I’ll just drive over to see them with this handgun in my glove compartment.

  • Not smart, no not smart at all

  • unbridled philistine

    you telling me he is not a felon already? Or a outlaw immigrant? That is actually good news I am taking from this story! Very nice change….

  • Heather Downey

    My brother is not one to cause problems or go looking for trouble. These Victims have been in trouble many times. All lies. Besides these people don’t have a home.. they sleep outside Walmart or anywhere there car is parked.

  • Yay tell the people ..there are innocent people who get caught up with wrong people..just like my son married into a fucked up family..who’s all inbreaded and jealous over there sister..eww..that’s why all this shit happen..only good to come out of this is the truth ..and he sees what everyone else tried to tell him..

  • This is absolute horse shit!! The fact that these so called men are from covelo are running from anyone says it all, how about the bigger picture antone has no background, works his ass off takes care of his child as a single parent is very loved and respected and he now faces charges that affect all the above. Where are the facts??? he didn’t hide he didn’t run no one is dead, what makes this man’s word so withstanding, with a criminal record and sob story…

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