On 02-25-2013 at 2149 hours a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a sedan displaying an expired registration in the 1200 block of South State Street in Ukiah, California.
Once the sedan stopped the Deputy approached the driver‚s window to contact the driver. Upon reaching the window the vehicle quickly accelerated southbound on South State Street, which prompted the Deputy to give chase.
The Deputy engaged the sedan in a vehicular pursuit as the sedan reached speeds of approximately 80-90 miles an hour.
The sedan shortly thereafter turned westbound on Highway 253 and slowed to speeds of approximately 50-60 miles an hour. At this time the sedan swerved into the opposing traffic lane several times, even in the presence of blind curves in the roadway.
In the 900 block of Highway 253 the front passenger of the sedan partially exited the open passenger window and shot several times at the Deputy’s patrol vehicle with a handgun. One of the bullets struck the patrol vehicle’s radiator and shortly thereafter rendered the patrol vehicle inoperable.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies from county-wide converged to the area in an attempt to locate the sedan that was last seen traveling westbound of Highway 253.
At this time the search was aided by personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Police Department, Cloverdale Police Department and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
During the search the sedan was found abandoned in a driveway leading to a residence located in the 6000 block of Highway 253. As a result, a reverse 911 call was initiated to residents in the surrounding area.
During a search of the driveway near the sedan several items where found that showed the escape path, by foot, of the suspects.
Deputies on scene noticed the items found were reported as being stolen from a residential burglary on Van Arsdale Road in Potter Valley earlier in the evening.
It was noted by Deputies that several firearms (handguns, rifle and shotgun) and ammunition had been stolen during the residential burglary but had not been recovered with the abandoned sedan.
Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the scene and are conducting further investigations into the shooting incident.
At this time Detectives have identified Christopher Skaggs (30-years-old from Redwood Valley, California) and Walter Kristopher Miller (33-year-old from Ukiah, California) as persons of interest in this incident. The public should consider Skaggs and Miller to be possibly armed and dangerous.