Willits Man Fires Rifle in Neighborhood Towards Other Homes, Says MCSO

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 10-21-2021 at about 12:52 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to reported gun fire at a residence located in the 2600 block of Mitomka Way in Willits, California.

Deputies contacted a witness who reported seeing Carlos Taylor-Lopez discharge a rifle in the front yard of his residence in the direction of other residences in the area.

Deputies went to Taylor-Lopez’s residence and located live rifle cartridge and an expended rifle cartridge casing in Taylor-Lopez’s driveway. 

Deputies knocked on the residence and were invited into the residence by Taylor-Lopez’s family.  Deputies again knocked on Taylor-Lopez’s bedroom door however Lopez did not answer the door.

Deputies left the residence and obtained a search warrant for the residence to search for Taylor-Lopez, any firearms and ammunition.

At 5:00 AM Deputies observed Taylor-Lopez being driven to work by a family member and Deputies conducted an investigatory stop on the vehicle.  Taylor-Lopez was taken into custody thereafter.  

A search of Taylor-Lopez’s bedroom was conducted pursuant to a search warrant and a rifle and ammunition were located.   

Taylor-Lopez was on Mendocino County misdemeanor probation at the time of this incident and was also charged for violation of his probation. 

Taylor-Lopez was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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