Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten has confirmed that detectives have been requested to a Covelo home after an early morning home intruder situation resulted in a gunshot wound that required hospitalization.
A review of scanner traffic from 6:30 a.m. till 8:30 a.m. indicates dispatch told deputies a female caller was reporting that an unknown male had entered her residence on the 23000 block of Henderson Road without permission. The dispatcher reported he could hear the female “yelling and screaming” at the suspect.
Minutes later, a MCSO deputy told dispatch he spoke with the female reporting party on the telephone and the male subject was “still inside her house.”
The deputy reported to dispatch that another conversation with the female reporting party indicated the situation might be an active burglary.
As the scene unfolded, dispatch told deputies that another person reported hearing three to four gunshots and witnessed a shirtless male near the intersection of Henderson Road and Crawford Road, a crossroad near the original reporting party’s residence attempting to flag down passing vehicles.
Dispatch then reported that more calls came in regarding this subject, one describing him as possibly “5150” which is police code for someone that is displaying signs of mental illness that could be a danger to themselves or others.
Another reporting party indicated the individual was lying in the middle of the roadway. The reporting party relayed a description of the suspect describing him as a tall white male adult with brown hair, no shirt, and tattoos on his chest.
A deputy finally arrived at the scene and reported the subject had a “gunshot wound to his stomach.”
A conflicting tone-out occurred moments later requesting medical personnel to the scene for a male “bleeding from the head.”
The dispatcher reported later on that the subject was suffering from both “a head injury and gunshot wound to the stomach.”
More information regarding the status of the patient provided by a medic at the scene described the subject suffering from “head injuries, gunshot wounds, and stab wounds.”
Please note, the previous review of scanner traffic is based on initial reports and have not been confirmed by investigators. Police scanners can often provide initial, immediate information about an incident but the fast-paced, fluid nature of emergency situations can result in incorrect information.
Captain Van Patten told MendoFever that Patrol Deputies are on scene and are actively conducting initial investigations. Detectives have been requested to the scene near the 23000 block of Henderson Lane to aid in the investigation, Captain Van Patten confirmed.
Complicating matters, Captain Van Patten told us that MCSO’s “patrol and investigative resources are stretched thin as notably this is the 3rd major incident in the last 7 days.” The other incidents that are contributing to the strain on resources, Captain Van Patten said, are last Sunday’s stabbing at a Ukiah Apartment Complex and Friday’s shooting in Albion.
Please note, this map does not reflect the specific location of the incident but instead shows a well-traveled nearby cross street to the incident to help the public understand where the incident approximately occurred.