Monday, December 5, 2022

Willits Man Allegedly Fires Rifle at Vehicle Occupied by Two Adults and Two Children, Says WPD


The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Riley Rogers-Wood [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On February 2nd, 2022 at about 2:00 AM, Willits PD (WPD) Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Locust St regarding an assault with a firearm.

The reporting party stated there had been an altercation at the above location involving several family members, causing the victim and her family to leave the residence. As the victim, her boyfriend, and two children were attempting to leave in their vehicle, suspect Riley Rogers-Wood, exited the residence and shot at them three times with a bolt-action rifle. At least one round struck the passenger-side rearview mirror, narrowly missing the reporting party’s husband.

Rogers-Wood then retreated back into the residence, which was occupied by his girlfriend (an adult female) and their newborn child, effectively barricading himself inside.

WPD Officers, with the assistance of Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputies, arrived and attempted to make contact with the suspect via their patrol vehicles’ Public Address (PA) system. Rogers-Wood ultimately exited from the house and surrendered about 15 minutes later. He was arrested without incident. There were no injuries sustained by any of the individuals involved or by responding law enforcement officers.

Officers recovered shell casings, the firearm was recovered, and two separate bullet impacts were located on scene. As the direction of fire was east towards the Baechtel Grove Middle School fields, WPD Officers canvased the area of the school and were unable to locate the third outstanding bullet impact on the school grounds or elsewhere. School was not in session at the time.



  1. Near a school ground even though children were not present! What if they were present? At a vehicle with people inside? This guy needs to go away for a very long time. Mendoland is not not San Francisco or LA. Yet. A harsh example should be made.

  2. A song I wrote years ago during my wonderful 5150 experience. Under 24 hour guard at local ER because there are no beds for 5150 in California
    Now the stress is building I’m going to blow
    Deep psychosis I hope you know
    Extremely agitated and disturbed
    Every button pushed brings gnashing jaw
    Veins are bulging on neck and brow
    It’s sure to be a major episode
    So quickly grab stuff and flee
    Seek some distance for safety
    Have the tasers charged and set to go
    I’m going on a rampage
    Sharing my unbridled rage
    Mayhem is the only focused goal
    sorry John Denver
    As I sang this the Staff at Ukiah scribbled furiously in their notebooks. Did you know 5150 is a major trigger event for veterans with PTSD? A nice garden with soft music is much more Therapudic
    I’ve never attempted suicide or homicide yet the shrinks declare both are my certain future. But here take theses drugs and drool

  3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    You’d better not shout you better not cry
    Better not scream I’m telling you why
    Thorazine is calming you down
    Better not heed that voice in your head
    Don’t follow orders that aliens said
    Cause Thorazine is calming you down
    When you are acting psycho lost in a manic state
    If you think your the messiah
    It’s a great way to sedate
    Please don’t shed your clothes at the mall
    Or hammer your head upon a brick wall
    Cause Thorazine is calming you down
    Do not stand on the Golden Gate rail
    Or slice your wrists while waiting in jail
    Cause Thorazine is calming you down
    When you are schizophrenic standing on a ledge
    They promise Phenothiazines will keep you from the edge
    Don’t let dinner rest in your beard
    Or frighten good folks by screaming in fear
    Cause Thorazine is calming you down

  4. Covid 19 mandates all criminals are free to go and bums and addicts are now precious resources for the community of cliwns.

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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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