Scanner traffic beginning at approximately 5:31 p.m. indicated deputies were pursuing a vehicle driven by a homicide suspect near the Fort Bragg area.
The suspect bailed from the vehicle on foot and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies are establishing a perimeter near the 31000 block of Chestnut Street in Fort Bragg.
A Facebook post from MCSO identified the suspect who fled on foot as Dino Michael Blackbear, one of the suspects sought in Wednesday’s Covelo homicide.
A woman associated with the suspect has been detained. Fort Bragg Police Department and MCSO deputies took her under their custody.
A reverse 911 has been issued to residents nearby the 31000 block of Chestnut Street asking them to shelter-in-place out of concern for an armed and dangerous individual. According to an officer speaking over the scanner, the fleeing male suspect is wearing a gray shirt, no shoes, and no hat.
Residents in the area received this message from MCSO:
“THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS CONDUCTING POLICE ACTIVITY IN THE AREA OF 31000 E CHESTNUT ST. SHELTER IN PLACE AND AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTION. DO NOT CALL 9 1 1 UNLESS YOUR SAFETY OR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS IS AT RISK OR YOU SEE SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA. THANK YOU.”
Dino Michael Blackbear and Carina Amanda Carrillo have been sought as suspects since Wednesday night in a homicide that occurred outside of a Covelo bar late on September 15, 2021. That evening an unidentified male was shot in the neck outside of the Buckhorn Bar and later died. The pair reportedly left the scene together and though unconfirmed, it could be Carina Carillo that was taken into custody by MCSO .
UPDATE midnight: According to a tweet by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, “THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS CONCLUDED THE SEARCH IN REGARDS TO THE WANTED SUBJECT IN THE FORT BRAGG AREA, HOWEVER THE SUSPECT IS STILL AT LARGE. THE SHELTER IN PLACE HAS BEEN LIFTED. SUSPECT IS DINO BLACKBEAR LINCOLN NATIVE AMERICAN MALE ADULT.”
Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.