On-going scanner traffic indicates chaotic circumstances are playing out this evening. The dispatcher is reporting that a group of men on Willits’s Trembly Court was taking part in the filming of a music video when some sort of incident occurred forcing them to quickly flee in a vehicle as two cars pursued and shot at them.
They were then chased by two vehicles that fired multiple shots at them. The fleeing men finally stopped their vehicle near the intersection of Highway 101 and West Road. The two pursuing vehicles reportedly pulled up behind the men and three black male adults exited one car and either jumped into the other and fled or fled on foot.
A taxi driver called law enforcement reporting a suspicious circumstance after getting a call from a man who said he was on Uva Drive (not far from where the black male adults were last seen) and wanted a ride to San Bruno, a Bay Area town 130 miles south.
Three of the men that reportedly shot at the fleeing vehicle were the three black male adults involved in the cannabis robbery and manhunt that took place on July 21, 2022.
UPDATE 9:56 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates law enforcement is out with at least one suspect and located a Glock 19 handgun on his person.
UPDATE 10:01 p.m.: A law enforcement officer investigating the victim’s vehicle reported they found five confirmed bullet holes in the vehicle.
UPDATE 10:17 p.m.: The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Shelter in Place in the area of Redwood Valley’s Uva Drive in association with this incident. A Nixle issued by the agency states:
Shelter in Place: Law Enforcement activity in the Redwood Valley area of Uva Drive. Deputies searching for Armed-Robbery Suspect in the Uva Dr area. Notify 911 with any suspicious persons seen in the area. Suspect possibly Dark Skinned Male with long dreadlocks last seen wearing a tan hoodie style sweat shirt and jean pants.
UPDATE 11:16 p.m.: Matt LaFever live at the Hopland gas station where some of the suspects were detained.
UPDATE 11:16 p.m.: Two suspects associated with this incident were successfully apprehended in Hopland. From what we have gathered, the pair contacted a tow truck company that picked up them and their vehicle. The tow truck driver quickly gathered there was something amiss and began to text law enforcement secretly about the pair. California Highway Patrol apprehended the tow truck with the men in Hopland and successfully detained them.
Here are some of the pictures of the scene where the two were detained:
UPDATE 1:08 a.m.: Law enforcement is responding to the Broiler restaurant on Uva Drive in Redwood Valley where they are reportedly converging on the last outstanding suspect associated with this evening’s manhunt.
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.