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:
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.