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Lake County Man in Jail After Two Hour Stand Off with SWAT Team


The following is a press released issued by the Lake 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 May 7th, 2021, at approximately 3:00 AM, it was reported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office that Morgan Matthew Jack, 44, of Lakeport had threatened to kill his live in girlfriend at their residence located in the 2600 block of Mission Rancheria Rd., in Lakeport.  The girlfriend had been able to leave the residence prior to Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies arriving.  

When deputies attempted to make contact with Jack and place him under arrest, he refused to exit the residence.  Deputies entered the residence and attempted to contact Jack.  While inside, the deputies heard metallic noises they recognized as a firearm being manipulated and believed Jack was armed.  The deputies exited the residence and again attempted to get Jack to exit.  The deputies could see Jack in the doorway at the front of the residence.  Deputies saw Jack raise a rifle type firearm and fire one shot in their direction.  The deputies secured the area and requested additional units respond.  Officers from Lakeport Police Department, Clearlake Police Department, and California Highway Patrol responded to assist. 

The Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response and SWAT Teams responded to the location.  While trying to speak with Jack he challenged deputies several times telling them he was not coming out and they would have to kill him.  After approximately two hours Jack exited his residence challenging one of the negotiators to approach him.  Jack was taken into custody with the assistance of a police K-9 unit from the Clearlake Police Department and SWAT Team members.  Some of the officers as well as Jack received minor injuries during the arrest.  Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit served a search warrant at Jack’s residence locating a pellet rifle that reassembled an assault type rifle.

Jack was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for treatment and later booked at the Lake County Jail for charges of Criminal Threats, Assault on a Peace Office with an Instrument not a Firearm, and Obstruction.  His bail is set at $50,000.

The Sheriff’s Office had prior contact with Jack in 2008 when he was arrested related to the death of Paul Womachka, a “Hey Taxi” driver whose body was found in a submerged taxi at the Big Valley Rancheria.  Jack later plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter related to the killing.


  1. So jack killed a guy in 08 and he’s back…thanks CA! When are folks gonna decide violent criminals need to stay in jail here…guess when these catch and release bozos hurt their family…

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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