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Willits Man Prohibited from Owning Firearms Reportedly Found with Assault Rife, Loaded Handgun, and Three Knives

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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 03-04-2022 at about 7:40 PM a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling Cropley Lane in Willits, California.

The Deputy noticed a male, identified as William Goforth standing next to a vehicle. The Deputy noticed Goforth was prying a metal object into the door frame of the vehicle. The Deputy believed the subject was possibly trying to break into the vehicle and contacted Goforth. 

When contacted Goforth advised he had a pistol in his pocket. The Deputy located and removed a fully loaded .380 handgun from Goforth’s jacket pocket.  The Deputy also located three concealed knives on Goforth’s person. 

Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed Goforth was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Goforth was found to be on probation in Mendocino County with a term to obey all laws. Williams was further found to be addicted to and had recently used a controlled substance. 

Goforth advised he owned and lived in a motor-home which was parked near the location. Goforth consented to a search of the motor-home.

In the motor-home, Deputies located an fully loaded 9mm rifle with characteristics of an assault style rifle. This rifle did not have any serial numbers, and the barrel was only 8 inches in length.  

Goforth was arrested on the listed charges and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. As more and more American”s lose the Second Amendment, mostly for non violent offences.
    Remember Wounded Knee was caused by US soldiers taking guns from prohibited persons, ie “dirty redskins” and 400 mostly women and children were murdered.
    Police get bigger guns, public gets smaller ones

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