Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Two Dead After Man Reportedly Shoots Woman Then Himself on Burke Hill Drive South of Ukiah

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic around 9:30 p.m. indicated a male shot a female with a firearm and then shot himself on the 4000 block of Burke Hill Drive

Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding and medical units are being told to stage until law enforcement has cleared the scene.

A first responder on scene has reported that both involved parties appear to be deceased.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m.: Medical units have been canceled after law enforcement on scene confirmed both parties are deceased.

UPDATE 9:44 p.m.: Information via the scanner indicates the incident was reported by a neighbor who heard a female adult yelling for help through a neighbor’s window. The reporting party also stated there could be two juveniles in the home, but that has not been confirmed by law enforcement on the scene.

Editor’s Note:

Many aspects of the Emerald Triangle’s rural lifestyle lend themselves to suicide risk factors. Those risk factors, as described by the Center for Disease Control, include barriers to health care, social isolation, and high rates of adverse childhood experiences, 

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Please remember, if you or a loved one are suffering from mental distress there are many resources that can be accessed including:

  • Mendocino County Mental Health Crisis (855)838-0404
  • Humboldt County Mental Health Crisis (707)445-7715
  • Lake County Mental Health Crisis 1(800)900-2075
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264, info@nami.org
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464
  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

In efforts to educate the public regarding suicide prevention, the following infographic from the National Institute of Mental Health provides guidance in warning signs associated with suicide:

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. Why would you say “many aspects of the emerald triangle lifestyle lend themselves to suicide risk” but also this story is unfolding. You make people not associated with cannabis think that it must have something to do with it when you truly don’t know yet. I think that lends to bad feelings about something before we even know if it had anything to do with it. Also how many people read this article but no follow ups and get an idea in their heads. I usually love what you do but this is not helping our community.

  2. Making a note of suicide prevention hotlines but nothing about domestic violence??? That woman didn’t die willingly if she was yelling for help…

  3. The fact that links and information to spread awareness about suicide were posted before links and information that would be helpful to women experiencing domestic violence is incredibly tone deaf. This incident wasn’t a suicide issue, it’s a femicide issue.

    I’ve written about ACEs in Mendocino County myself, and appreciate that real information about how the factors that often lead to suicide are so prevalent here, instead of just a 1-800 number.
    But to post this information instead of resources to help help women escape violent situations, or infographics about the root causes of men beating and killing their female partners and rising rates of femicide (over half of all women murdered in the US are killed by their domestic partners) speaks volumes about the blatant disregard for female life that is so pervasive in this country.

    A man killed a woman, and your first thought wasn’t “how do we help the women?”
    Please do better

  4. I know women desperately needing to escape from DV. But there’s nowhere for them and their children to go. They cannot run to the streets. Project Sanctuary is iffy at best. Domestic violence doesn’t wait for there to be room at a safe house. There needs to be an opening guaranteed at the moment they run for cover. With so much dope being grown in this county there should be a mansion for women suffering domestic violence to flee to.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. 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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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