The following is a press release issued by 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 09-14-2021 at approximately 1:35 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a burglary that had just occurred in a building next to the Leggett Volunteer Fire Department (67000 block of Highway 271 Leggett, California).
Deputies were informed that two vehicles and two subjects were seen loitering near a building next to the fire department and one subject was seen exiting the building.
A Fire Captain responded and observed one subject flee in a vehicle. The Fire Captain confronted the other subject (later identified as Daniel Gorman) still at the scene.
Gorman produced a law enforcement type badge from the trunk of his vehicle and flashed it to the Fire Captain and said he was a US Marshal prior to fleeing in his vehicle.
Responding Deputies spotted one of the two vehicles heading southbound on Highway 101 near mile marker 58 in Laytonville, California.
The Deputies conducted an investigative stop on the vehicle and the driver (Gorman) and sole occupant yielded his vehicle to the side of the highway. Gorman was detained and his person and vehicle was searched.
Deputies located a US Marshal badge and a replica handgun in the vehicle. The replica handgun was loaded with blank ammunition. Also located on Gorman’s person was illicit narcotic drugs.
While Deputies were dealing with Gorman, another Deputy with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol Officer had located the other vehicle parked along the side of the road in he 27000 block of Ryan Creek Road in Willits, California.
Austin Shealor was contacted near the parked vehicle and Deputies learned Shealor was on Mendocino County Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS- also known as county parole).
Deputies were able to determine Shealor was involved in the burglary and he was searched during the contact. Deputies located illicit narcotic drugs in a duffle bag Shealor was holding.
Both Shealor and Gorman were arrested for the listed charges and book into the Mendocino County Jail.
Gorman was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail and Shealor was to be held on a No Bail status due to the violation of his PRCS terms.