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[UPDATE: Shelter in Place Issued]Music Video Filming in Willits Turns Into a Shootout

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[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

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:

One of the suspects was detained at the Hopland Gas Station. Notice with an AirPod still in [All Pictures by Matt LaFever]
The suspect’s vehicle loaded up a tow truck
Stacks of cash on the hood of a CHP vehicle
Some sore of contraband

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.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Matt, what kind of bullshit reporting is this if you cannot even provide teasers of the music video????? WTF BRO #FAKENEWS

  2. Maybe if Mendocino County would start hanging criminals in the town square like in the 1800’s this crap would stop and other counties in California would get the same idea,
    crime in California would stop. You Think?

    • Well I wish some of you Redwood Valley people would be as pissed off as I am all five of these guys after doing what they did were out of jail within six hours what the fuck I tried every department today to get a hold of somebody to tell me what is going on and nobody had an answer for me

  3. I notice you advocate for Marijuana growth and subsidies. You don’t seem to link the crime, degradation of the environment, or amount of taxpayer money used to regulate the problems associated. I’m currently struggling to pay bills and my government is subsidizing people to grow pot and you champion that.

    • What about Alcohol/Wine industry?! Not going to bitch about that? You don’t seem to link the crime, degradation of the environment, or amount of taxpayer money used to regulate the problems associated with that…..Hmmm.
      I have yet to hear about Marijuana being a problem to such a degree as Alcohol has…

  4. So these lovely folks are all from Mississippi and Atlanta. So sick and tired of folks traveling from far and wide to commit crime in our county. We have enough knuckleheads as it is creating havoc. Some of these jackasses are already out on bail!!! Do you think they are going to show up for their court dates??? No wonder one of the “suspects” was trying to get a cab to San Bruno…apparently they knew they needed to get on the first flight out of SFO back to the swap ass they came from….

  5. So all five of these guys got out within six hours what the fuck is going on with our system having loaded guns planning on committing a crime

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. 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 told.

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