[UPDATE 6:11 p.m.]Law Enforcement Searching for Armed Man After Bell Springs Vehicle Fire 

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office personnel and other law enforcement agencies are currently in the area of the 57000 block of Bell Springs Road seeking an armed suspect associated with a vehicle fire that began around 3:00 p.m.

A Nixle alert issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office indicates the individual being sought is a male, between 30-40 years old, approximately 5′ 4”, bald, and “last seen wearing a white tank top and blue jeans carrying a rifle.”

As per scanner traffic, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are being used to search the area.

Laytonville Fire Department Chief Sue Carberry confirmed the vehicle fire started at 3:00 p.m. and did not spread into nearby vegetation.

Scanner traffic indicated a full wildland fire air response was dispatched to the vehicle fire and has since returned since the fire was successfully extinguished. The vehicle that burned was a Ford F-250 truck. 

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten told us there were actually no shots fired associated with this incident and the law enforcement response is related to a possible domestic violence incident. Those involved reportedly “left in a car before we got there,” Captain Van Patten added. He said deputies used a UAV to confirm there was no one with a firearm in the immediate area of the burning vehicle.

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