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Mendocino Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot Suspect Caught on Camera

Mendocino Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot Suspect Caught on Camera

Mendocino Sheriff's Deputies Shoot Suspect Caught on Camera

Mendocino Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot Suspect Caught on Camera

A 26-year-old man was shot by a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies in an officer-involved shooting in the 7000 block of Uva Drive in Redwood Valley on Thursday afternoon at around 1 p.m.

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Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said at a Thursday evening press conference that the man was shot at least twice, and he was later air-lifted to an out of county hospital, and as of Thursday night has no life-threatening injuries. His name was not released, and he was reported missing out of Southern California. He did not appear to have any connection to anyone on Uva Drive. One deputy did sustain moderate scapes to his arm, although he did not go to the hospital.

The incident began when deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported drunk pedestrian in the 6000 block of Central Avenue in Redwood Valley. While looking for the pedestrian, they came across a blue van that was parked in the oncoming lane with half the van in the road and the other half off the road on Uva Drive at 1:10 p.m.

At 1:14 p.m., the deputies were told that the man was a missing person, and they approached the man. Sheriff Allman said that a fight occurred and that all three deputies wrestled with the man and that one of the deputies used a Taser, although it did not appear to be successfully used.

Sheriff Allman said that the man drew a 50 caliber Desert Eagle semi-automatic handgun, and fired one round at the deputies and got back in the van. The Desert Eagle handgun is a legal weapon in California. Sheriff Allman said that neighbors in the area heard deputies yell “drop the gun” at some point. He said that all three deputy sheriffs returned fire and shot the man at least twice. After the suspect was shot, deputies were able to take the man out of the van. Deputies did not find any other weapons or money.

The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the shooting and why the man was in Mendocino County. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will not be involved in the investigation. Authorities closed Uva Road on Thursday after the shooting, and the road was closed as of Thursday night.

The officers involved included a 34-year-old man who had been with the Sheriff’s Office for 13 years, a 31-year-old man who had been with the Sheriff’s Office for 2 1/2 years, and a trainee who has been with the county for three and a half years and 10 months with the Sheriff’s Office.

As per Mendocino County policy, the three officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave. The Sheriff’s Office does not have body cameras, and they instead use dashboard cameras on cars. The Sheriff’s Office believes the entire incident was caught on the dashboard camera, although they had not had a chance to look at it at the time of the press conference. The Sheriff’s Office expects to release the video soon. The full press conference can be viewed at the Mendocino County sheriff’s office Facebook page.

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