Two Men With Gunshot Wounds Found in Vehicle Abandoned on 101 South of Willits

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Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

On 07-02-2018 at approximately 4:41 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the California Highway Patrol where dispatched to a suspicious situation in the area of Mile Post Marker 35 on North Highway 101 south of Golden Rule.

Initial reports suggested a vehicle had been involved in a traffic collision and that an occupant was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Law enforcement personnel arrived and located a 2001 maroon Chevrolet Silverado 4-door pickup truck stopped in the southbound traffic lanes of North Highway 101.

Inside the pickup truck were two adult male occupants suffering from obvious gunshot wounds (undetermined amount at this time). One occupant was determined to be deceased and the other occupant suffered from a life threatening injury requiring him to be transported to an out of county hospital for medical treatment.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and have assumed investigative jurisdiction into the incident with assistance from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice and Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives are actively conducting investigations and more information will be released at a later date by press release as information becomes available.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting incident or the pickup truck prior to or after the shooting is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

Anonymous information can be left on this Tip-Line.

UPDATE: Son Arrested for Killing Father and Injuring Brother in Shooting That Shut Down Hwy 101 by Willits Yesterday for Hours

Earlier Chapter: Gunshot Victims on 101; Major Incident Impeding Traffic by Willits Grade; Medevac Requested



  • Well I am going to assume if they are looking for someone on foot then everybody was in the vehicle together at some point? Hitchhiker gone bad? Doubt it, probably weed. That’s a busy stretch of road especially that time of day. Somebody had to see something

  • Why isn’t their skin color or nationality provided ?

    • Why would it matter?

      • Uh, because it would help find the person and not get someone accidentally shot

      • maybe so we would know who to look out for? “The suspect is a 6’3″ white male with red hair and freckles with a heavy build last seen wearing a toga.” Does that help?

      • James Marmon MSW

        If he or she was brown they wouldn’t want to say so, terrible political optics in this day of age.

        James Marmon MSW
        Former Social Worker
        Del Norte and Mendocino Counties

        • Generally it’s pretty obvious because the media and government does not apply hiding the race to white people. White will be prominently featured. If it’s not, then the person can be assumed not to be white anyway.

          I hate race based principles where who is involved means more than what was involved. Principles that are not universally applied hardly qualify as principles at all.

    • It’s because there white. It don’t matter. Black lives matter…evidently….

  • If you listen to the scanner audio from Kym’s prior post it describes suspect and what he was driving.

  • I wonder if there were any Rohnert Park Police Officers in the area at the time.

  • Mendocino Mamma

    Meth killing Covelo, one family at a time.

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