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Alleged Tire Slashing, Threats to Kill Others Leads to Laytonville Standoff—Arrested After K9 Deployed

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:

Shane Workman [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 07-02-2022 at approximately 10:37 P.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a report of a male subject causing a disturbance in the 44400 block of Foster Avenue in Laytonville, California. 

The subject was reportedly banging on fences and yelling he was going to kill the occupants of the residences in the area.   
During their response, Deputies received an additional call for service in the same area of a male subject using a knife to slash tires.  The first two patrol vehicles on scene were occupied by a Sheriff’s Sergeant and a Sheriff’s K9 handler.

They observed a male subject standing next to a truck parked on the street. The male matched the description provided by Dispatch as the person they were looking for and the truck had four slashed tires.  
The K9 Deputy tried to make contact with the male but he began walking briskly away and would not follow verbal statements to stop.

The male told the Deputy he was going to kill the Sheriff’s personnel, then entered a Ford pickup truck parked in a driveway and began to back up to leave the area.

One of the Sheriff’s personnel on scene saw what was about to happen and parked his patrol vehicle in the center of the driveway, directly behind the Ford pickup truck. This effectively blocked the pickup truck from leaving and avoided a pursuit.

The pickup truck and patrol vehicle were separated by about thirty feet to forty feet at this time.   

Once the male realized he was unable to get out, he made attempts to ram the patrol vehicle blocking his path.

The male stopped short of ramming the patrol vehicle but did get close enough that Sheriff’s Office personnel thought they were going to be run over and they moved away from their vehicles to avoid being injured in case of a collision. 
The male refused to exit the pickup truck and a stand-off ensued with the male barricading himself inside the pickup truck.

During the stand-off, the male was identified as being Shane Workman.

Workman had a felony warrant for his arrest from the Cloverdale Police Department for burglary, weapon charges, and violation of probation. It was also learned that Workman had prior incidents in which he was armed with a firearm.
A five and a half hour stand-off with Workman ensued in which members of patrol and the Mendocino County SWAT Team were utilized. 

During this time crisis negotiators were deployed but Workman refused to communicate with them. This led to chemical agents being introduced into the pickup truck by use of a 40-millimeter projectile fired through his back windows.

During this time, Workman positioned his vehicle to try and ram Sheriff Office vehicles and employees.

The SWAT CRV (Citizen Rescue Vehicle – Lenco BearCat) was utilized to pin Workman’s vehicle in the driveway as a safety measure.

The pickup truck’s driver side window was then broken out and the door was opened.

It was during this time Workman reached for a knife so Sheriff’s K9 “BO” was deployed and Workman was subsequently removed from the pickup truck by Deputies.

Workman was taken into custody and placed under arrest for charges of 245(c) PC, 594(a)(b)(1) PC, 1203.2 PC, and his out of county felony arrest warrant. 

Workman was medically cleared and thereafter booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

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