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Ukiah Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder After Allegedly Shooting Her Boyfriend

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The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


Mandy Vanarsdale [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 07/25/2023 at 6:47 P.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Masonite Industrial Road in regard to a victim of a gunshot wound. The victim/reporting party advised he had accidentally discharged a handgun, causing a bullet wound to his shoulder. 

On arrival, Deputies contacted an adult male and observed a single gunshot wound to his shoulder. The adult male’s girlfriend was on scene and the Deputies identified her as Mandy Vanarsdale from Ukiah, CA. The Deputies secured the firearm and initiated an investigation. The adult male and Vanarsdale claimed the adult male accidentally shot himself while cleaning the handgun. Medical personnel from the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and Medstar arrived on scene. After their initial assessment, it was determined the adult male was to be transported to a hospital in a neighboring County via air ambulance to be treated for his injury.

The Deputies collected evidence at the scene and interviewed Vanarsdale.  Through their investigation, the Deputies developed probable cause to believe Vanarsdale and the adult male were in an argument. During the argument, Vanarsdale armed herself with the handgun and shot the adult male in the shoulder area. Vanarsdale was arrested on scene and was transported to the Mendocino County Correctional Facility where she was booked for 664/187 PC (Felony Attempted Murder). Vanarsdale was to be held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.


Editor’s Note

The alleged actions described in this press release describe domestic abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetimes.The following are domestic violence resources available in Mendocino County and surrounding areas:


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5 COMMENTS

      • Known the accused for a minute or longer. Don’t believe she would shoot anyone unless fearing for her safety, or others.

        • Mandy is manipulative and malicious, a compulsive liar. She most definitely would shoot someone. She threatened to have someone kill me. She’s never been a good person. The goodness is just a false persona. She’s a succubus.

  1. known accused since we were little, this is not shocking. I know she got hurt but when is enough enough??!! if u do know her u know how she treats people and not even her family is treated good by her.

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