Saturday, September 23, 2023

Fort Bragg Gun Death Is a Homicide, Says MCSO

Daniel Martin Shealor [Picture sent to us by Crystal Leigh Laviletta]

Five days ago, an early morning shooting along Highway 20 resulted in the death of 52-year-old Fort Bragg man Daniel Martin Shealor.  

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Captain Van Patten confirmed that MCSO detectives are considering the death a homicide “because of a gunshot wound.”

On Friday, August 12, 2022,  the shooting reportedly occurred around 6:05 a.m. along Highway 20 near Fort Bragg. Shealor was “self-transported” to the hospital, unclear if that means he drove himself or was driven by another party.  He would succumb to his injuries at the hospital. 

Captain Van Patten told us due to the ongoing investigation, he is unable to publicly release a significant amount of information at this time.

UPDATE: Crystal Leigh Laviletta told us Daniel Shelor was her best friend. She is working with a Mendocino Coast funeral home to cremate him and they are currently short $750.00. Please, consider donating to the efforts to cremate Daniel using Cashapp and donating to $crystallaviletta.

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  1. Dan bud was a great brother to alot of us friends here in fort brsgg might have not ben the perfect man but than who is i no that if I needed his help on anything he would not hesitate to get in and get busy hands down you are gona be missed my friend but thank you four all of the great times that you had given me ! RIP D 🙏 see you on the other side

    • Hi Donnie..I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear this. Heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you all. Too many tragic deaths lately…..

      • Can someone tell me how to go about donating to Dan buds funeral or cremation. I’m not real good on how to do things on the internet yet! I’d appreciate it! Thank u! He will be missed! He didn’t deserve to die like he did! No one does! Not to mention where’s his sister? She’s been gone for a long time! Are the cops even trying to find her or find out if someone did something to her? Thanks again!

  2. Not surprised! A self proclaimed copinformant dope addict lives there! Driving a silver banged up Ford mustang! Said he wants to get paid by cops for setting people up!!


    • Everlee, you sound angry and bitter. Why? Did he have the ‘”411″ on you? No matter what he has done, the man is dead. Have some empathy!

  4. Sucks My dad passed away. His memorial is September 3rd at egg take in Fort Bragg out Highway 20 at 1. It’s a pot luck so bring a dish

  5. This is tragic! He was such a wonderful person! He helped me find my puppy when some one stole him out of my sisters house in fort Bragg. He will be so greatly missed one of the coolest friends my sister ever introduced me too. Rest In Peace Dan. Wish I could make the memorial. My dad and nephew both passed in 2012 haven’t made it back since. ❤️❤️❤️

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Matt LaFever
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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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