Friday, January 27, 2023

Covelo Man Accused of Domestic Violence, Fleeing Law Enforcement, Choking K-9 Officer, and Biting Deputy, 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:

Jesse Davidson [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 11-28-2021 at approximately 10:55 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 24000 block of East Lane in Covelo, California.

Deputies arrived at the location and contacted Jesse Davidson in front of the residence and an adult female inside the residence. 

Deputies learned the adult female and Davidson were married and had a child in common but lived in separate locations in Covelo.

On 11-28-2021 the adult female came home to find Davidson inside her residence and an argument ensued. Davidson refused to leave the residence and became more angry and began throwing balls from a pool table at her. Davidson then picked up a pool cue and broke it telling the adult female he was going to kill her.

They both began pushing each other and the adult female was able to get Davidson outside and she retreated back into the residence locking the door. 

Deputies observed evidence of an altercation at the location to include pool balls thrown around and chairs along with other items tipped over. 

Deputies determined Davidson had two active Mendocino County warrants for his arrest. 

Deputies advised Davidson he was under arrest and he attempted to turn and run, while saying he was not going back to jail. Deputies grabbed a hold of Davidson’s arm but he was able to pull away and run towards his truck.

Due to Davidson’s behavior and other significant factors, Sheriff’s K9 “BO” was deployed to assist in the apprehension of Davidson.

Davidson ran passed his truck and jumped a fence into a horse pasture. K9 “BO” was able to catch Davidson causing him to fall to the ground. Davidson was able to grab K9 BO’s collar and began choking the animal causing K9 “BO” to loose consciousness momentarily. 

Deputies approached and began trying to get Davidson to release his grip on K9 “BO”, while attempting to take him into custody.

Davidson’s grip on K9 “BO” was released and Davidson continued to physically resist the Deputies. Deputies continually gave verbal deescalation statements to Davidson requesting his compliance. 

During this resistance, Davidson attempted to hit Deputies with his fists and elbows. Davidson bit one Deputy Sheriff on the left triceps, and the other Deputy Sheriff on the right hand causing visible injuries.

While continuing to physically control Davidson, K9 “BO” recovered and reengage Davidson who again tried to strangle the animal by using his legs this time. 

The Deputies were eventually able to place Davidson in handcuffs and medical personnel were summoned to evaluate him. Davidson’s was subsequently transported to a local hospital for further evaluation/treatment. 

Davidson was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon (245(A)(1) PC),  Criminal Threats (422 PC),  Willful Harm to a Police Animal (600(A) PC), Resisting Law Enforcement with violence (69 PC), Domestic Violence Battery (243(E)(1) PC), Violation of Probation (1203.2 PC) and on the two arrest warrants. 

Davidson was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $150,000.00 bail.



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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