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Drug Induced Delirium Lands Naked Man on Roof, Deputies Give Chase, and a Neighbor Draws a Firearm

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This 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 08-25-2020 at 12:53 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a naked adult male standing on the roof of a residence in the 4000 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.

A Deputy arrived and saw an adult male standing on the roof of the residence as reported. The adult male was naked, holding a kitchen knife and was acting in a bizarre manner.

The Deputy asked the adult male to climb down off the roof and to drop the knife. The adult male refused to comply with the Deputy’s verbal requests.

Shortly thereafter, the adult male disappeared from the roof and appeared to have taken a position in the residence’s backyard.

Additional Deputies arrived and patrol car PA system announcements were given asking for the adult male to appear and verbally interact with the Deputies.

The announcements were unsuccessful after several minutes prompting a Deputy to climb on top of the roof in an attempt to locate the adult male.

The Deputy was able to see the adult male in adjacent backyard.

At this time the home owner exited the rear of the residence armed with a handgun in what appeared to be an attempt to confront the adult male. The Deputy was able to verbally instruct the home owner to enter back inside their residence preventing a violent encounter.

Deputies with the assistance of Mendocino County Probation Officers responded to this specific residence that was located on Sunnycrest Drive.

Upon their arrival the adult male fled into the backyard of the original residence where he had been on the roof and subsequently busted through fencing into the front yard.

When the adult male saw the presence of a Deputy in the front yard he then fled into a neighboring residence’s front yard and crawled underneath the home from an opening at the front porch.

The adult male minutes later busted through the home’s siding along the backyard and was grabbed by three Deputies who after a brief struggle were able to handcuff him.

The adult male was sweating profusely and was speaking incoherently while he began to kick at the Deputies. The Deputies held the adult male on the ground and controlled his legs so that he could no longer kick.

Based upon the adult male’s behavior and physical condition an ambulance was immediately requested in the event the adult male suffered a medical emergency (condition known as excited delirium).

Deputies provided verbal instructions for the adult male to exercise controlled breathing, applied cool water on him from a garden house and shaded his body with a portable canopy located in the backyard.

The adult male continued to act bizarre, was incoherent to most verbal commands and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. During questioning the adult male did state he had ingested cocaine.

An ambulance arrived and began to medically treat the adult male prior to transporting him to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley for further treatment.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is not seeking criminal charges in regards to this incident at this time.

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  1. Been there done that. Do I get a tee shirt? Out of control is so common in victims of trauma. This does sound like a case of police restraint. Don’t offend my jackboots and I won’t kill you. The skill to de escalate a mental breakdown is something I see few police have the ability or willingness to explore. Violence first.

    • LEOS are not ambulance stewarts, they are hired to uphold the law. these leos did more than anybody could ask..in fact way to kind. when this all american hero comes down off his drug induced stupor, he should take the tyme to thank these gentlemen.


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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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