The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah 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 03-27-2022 at approximately 10:04 AM, UPD dispatch received a 911 call reporting a male, who was later identified as Leslie A. Adelman, waving a knife around in the Wells Fargo parking lot, located at 717 S. State Street. The dispatcher could hear a verbal dispute occurring in the background and officers were dispatched to the scene. Within minutes, an officer arrived on-scene and saw Adelman holding a knife and walking away from the victim. The officer ordered Adelman to stop walking away, but he did not comply. While engaging Adelman, the officer saw the victim fall to the ground. The officer requested EMS respond to the scene. Other officers arrived to assist. Adelman continued to refuse to follow lawful orders from the officers and he was taken into custody following a brief struggle. Adelman sustained moderate injuries as a result of the struggle and was later treated at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV).
EMS arrived and began treating the victim for a severe wound to his abdomen. He was transported to AHUV, where he succumbed to his injuries. UPD’s Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Through the investigation it was learned the confrontation between Adelman and the victim was in relation to a dispute over prior thefts of property from Adelman. Adelman was transported and booked at the MCSO Jail for a violation of 187 PC – Murder.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact UPD’s Detective Bureau. UPD would like to thank MCSO for assisting with this incident.