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 02-06-2022 at 7:12 P.M., a caller contacted 9-1-1 to report her boyfriend was being shot at by a Hispanic male in the 100 block of Blue Bonnet Lane in Ukiah, California.
On arrival, the Deputies contacted Miguel Lopez in the street in front of a residence. The Deputies noticed Lopez showed objective signs of being intoxicated and he took his shirt off while being verbally hostile towards the Deputies.
The Deputies detained Lopez for public intoxication and continued their investigation into the shooting.
The Deputies observed a white Ford truck idling in front of the residence. The truck matched the description provided by the caller and Deputies were able to connect Lopez to the vehicle.
The Deputies observed a handgun on the center console, in plain view. A records check revealed Lopez was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.
Upon further scene investigation, Deputies learned Lopez brandished a firearm; however no shooting occurred as initially reported.
Lopez was arrested for 29800(a)(1) PC (Unlawful possession of a firearm) and 647(f) PC (Public Intoxication).
Lopez was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.