Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Mendocino County Sheriffs Identify Decedent from Yesterday’s Homicide; Critically Injured Victim Recovering

Thomas Dean Jones, the suspect in yesterday’s homicide and attempted homicide [Picture from Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office providing information about the victims of yesterday’s homicide:

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased 44 year-old male as being Jamie Eugene Wilcox and a forensic autopsy has been scheduled for the afternoon of 09-24-2020.

The 28 year-old male victim was medically treated and is expected to recovery from the injuries sustained during the shooting incident. 

MCSO issued a correction to yesterday’s original press release clarifying the shooting “appeared to be the result of a family dispute in regards to the development of the family property” instead of as originally published being a result of “the possible sale of the family property.”

The corrected press release is below. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 09-23-2020 at 8:07 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in regards to a shooting that had just occurred at a residence located in the 2500 block of Twining Road in Ukiah, California.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence along with personnel from the Ukiah Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Upon their arrival they contacted the identified shooter, Thomas Dean Jones, who self surrendered to Deputies without incident.

While at the residence, Deputies located two shooting victims, one being deceased (44 year-old male) and one having sustained life threatening injuries (28 year-old male).

The critically injured victim was transported to an out of county hospital by air ambulance.

Initial scene investigations determined the shooting appeared to be the result of a family dispute in regards to the development of the family property.

Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and are now conducting ongoing investigations into the incident with the assistance of the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Justice.

Jones was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be booked on charges of murder (187 PC), attempted murder (664/187 PC), being armed during the commission of a felony (12022.5 PC) and prohibited person in possession of a firearm (29800 PC). 

Jones was to held at the Mendocino County Jail on a No Bail status.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. 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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