Saturday, December 2, 2023

[UPDATE: Suspect Down]Law Enforcement Responding East of Fort Bragg After Reports of Domestic Violence, Armed Subject, Shots Fired

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

A fast-moving incident is underway on the 3900 block of Comptche Ukiah Road involving an armed man resulting in multiple law enforcement agencies responding to the scene. Shots were reportedly fired around 6:38 p.m. after reports the armed man was threatening to commit suicide.

At approximately 6:20 p.m., scanner traffic indicated a domestic violence incident was occurring at a property on Comptche Ukiah Road. A male subject was reportedly armed in a residence along with children and grandparents.

The man has reportedly exited the building and is either in an outbuilding on the property or taking off on foot in the area.

Law enforcement has reported they are in contact with the armed man via telephone and are attempting to de-escalate the situation as multiple agencies converge on the area. The suspect, described as a white male adult, was reportedly threatening to take his own life with a firearm.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: A law enforcement officer on scene has confirmed the white male adult had been located and appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

UPDATE 6:46 p.m.: A EMT on the scene has confirmed there was a single-victim associated with the shots fired, the armed subject that prompted the initial callout of law enforcement and emergency services.

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UPDATE 6:48 p.m.: An MCSO deputy at the scene reported to dispatch one individual was detained. The reason for the detainment is unclear at this time.

UPDATE 6:52 p.m.: An air ambulance that had been requested was canceled.

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.

Editor’s Note

Many aspects of the Emerald Triangle’s rural lifestyle lend themselves to suicide risk factors. Those risk factors, as described by the Center for Disease Control, include barriers to health care, social isolation, and high rates of adverse childhood experiences, 

Please remember, if you or a loved one are suffering from mental distress there are many resources that can be accessed including:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264, info@nami.org
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464
  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741
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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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