Saturday, September 23, 2023

[UPDATE: Suspect in Custody]Armed Man in Anderson Valley Threatens to Commit Suicide by Cop— Law Enforcement Converging

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

Mendocino County law enforcement is responding to an Anderson Valley property where a man is reportedly burning a female partner’s property and threatening to shoot members of law enforcement, according to scanner traffic beginning around 6:45 p.m.

The incident, located on the 18000 block of Lambert Lane, was initially reported as a domestic dispute in which the man was burning the property of his female partner. That woman told dispatch he was armed with a long rifle in the initial calls. 

The dispatcher confirmed that the man has multiple firearms, has a military background, and has been flagged in their system as anti-law enforcement. The man also stated he would commit suicide by cop and would be hiding in a nearby creekbed as law enforcement approached.

A crisis worker was requested to the scene but they reportedly will not respond.

The scanner has gone quiet regarding the incident since 7:03 p.m. which could indicate law enforcement transitioned to an encrypted scanner feed.

UPDATE 7:37 p.m.: According to a Nixle alert sent out by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, “Current police activity in the area of Lambert Lane in Boonville. Law enforcement is on scene. Please shelter in place, avoid the area and wait further instruction.”

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UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: Law enforcement on scene relayed to the dispatch that using an unmanned aerial vehicle, they had visual of the armed man visibly holding a firearm and watched him walk between a “shop”, a trailer, and a two-story residence where the reporting parties are reportedly located.

UPDATE 7:52 p.m.: Law enforcement on scene is reporting that they have visual of the armed man with his hands up and are directing him to come towards them.

UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: The situation is over. Officers on the scene reported no further assistance is needed and the man is in custody.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: The following tweet was posted by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

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 do we pay the salaries of crisis workers and they won’t respond? Why are we taxed for Measure B and we don’t have services to respond to these situations? Why do people blame law enforcement when crisis people and services are unavailable to them even when they ask for them?

  2. A crisis worker was requested to the scene but they reportedly will not respond.

    Yep don’t call a cop, call a social worker. (I am booked until next week and need more taxpayer funding)

    Poor Cops damned if they do and damned if they don’t by leftie politicians and their blind followers.

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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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