A standoff between Mendocino County law enforcement and an armed man ended Saturday evening after the subject poured gasoline on himself threatening self-immolation in the Albion area. Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall said the subject is a known felon on parole who had a ramey warrant for reckless evasion and threats against a police officer
At some point during the six hour standoff, Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall said the suspect had doused himself with gasoline and was holding a lighter while sitting in the cabin of the vehicle. Sheriff Kendall said the flammable subject kept officers from using tear gas or other gas agents used in stand off situations due to the incendiary properties of the devices. Eventually though an Albion Volunteer firefighter on scene reportedly sprayed the subject with a fire hose.
Sheriff Kendall said deputies saw a rifle butt many times during the standoff. At one point, Sheriff Kendall described law enforcement deploying a drone to get an overhead perspective of the subject and that vantage point confirmed the presence of a long gun. When the subject caught sight of the drone, Sheriff Kendall reported the subject became angry and broke out the window of his vehicle. Sheriff Kendall later revealed that the firearm turned out to be a pellet gun.
Sheriff Kendall said it was at this point that firefighters from Albion Volunteer Fire Department sprayed “hundreds of gallons” into the subject’s vehicle forcing him to get out. The man was then immediately subdued by a K9 Officer.
According to scanner traffic reported on by Paul McCarthy’s MendocinoSportsPlus, deputies contacted the subject at approximately 2:00 pm near I Road in Albion and attempted negotiations when it was recognized he was armed and threatening law enforcement. At approximately 2:15 pm, scanner traffic indicated law enforcement requested the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Armored Vehicle to assist in the incident.
Kathy Wylie, Albion resident, said locals received two robocalls during the incident: “One with a warning of police activity in the area, at 4pm. And the second with the ‘all clear’ at 9:16. I also got a text message with the all-clear message at 9:14.”
According to Mendocino County 5th District Supervisor Ted Williams who was there serving his role as a volunteer with the Albion Fire Department, several agencies responded to the stand-off including California Highway Patrol, California Parks Service, Fish and Wildlife, Ukiah Police Department, Albion Fire Department, and a local ambulance company.manning the standoff lasting nearly six hours.
Supervisor Williams praised law enforcement’s response to the incident characterizing it as “patient and coordinated.”
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