The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 02-28-2023 at approximately 12:15 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Adventist Health Coast Hospital Emergency Room, to contact the victim of a physical assault that occurred somewhere in the unincorporated area of Fort Bragg, California.
Deputies arrived and contacted a 53-year-old male, who had multiple blunt-force injuries on his body. The 53-year-old male was initially uncooperative with Deputies but later cooperated with the Deputies investigation.
At 12:36 PM, Deputies were dispatched to the 32000 block of Basin Street in Fort Bragg, regarding a person suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
Deputies arrived and could not locate the person reporting he had been shot. Within minutes of Deputies being unable to locate this person, David Appier arrived at Adventist Health Coast Hospital Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to his leg.
Deputies interviewed both the 53-year-old male and Appier and learned both incidents were related and had occurred at a residence in the 19000 block of Dorffi Road in Fort Bragg.
Deputies responded to that residence and located/collected physical evidence.
Deputies contacted an eyewitness at the location and obtained that person’s statement.
Based on the statements and evidence obtained, Deputies determined Appier had beaten the 53-year-old male about the head and face with a blunt object, inflicting serious bodily injuries. This caused the 53-year-old male to brandish and discharge a small caliber handgun at Appier to stop the attack.
After Appier received medical treatment for the gunshot wound, he was arrested for 245 PC (Assault with a Deadly Weapon) and 243(d) PC (Battery with Serious Bodily Injury).
Appier was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, where he was to be held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.