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:
On 08-01-2023 at around 6:45 AM, The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a 66-year-old adult male (victim) in the 31000 block of Highway 20 in Fort Bragg, CA regarding a trespassing/brandishing of a firearm incident. While on the phone with the 911 operator, the victim reported that he was just shot at by the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Vladimir Ginzburg.
While Deputies were responding, Ginzburg fired additional shots at the victim. Deputies arrived within minutes of the call being broadcasted and observed the victim had armed himself with a rifle and was taking cover behind a pickup in his own driveway. The victim advised Deputies that Ginzburg had fired multiple rounds at him, which had struck the victim’s residence.
Deputies were pointed toward the last known location of Ginzburg, which was the residence directly west of the victim’s residence. After surrounding the residence, Ginzburg ran from the rear of the residence into a wooded area. Deputies pursued Ginzburg and he quickly surrendered and was taken into custody.
Deputies observed bullet holes on the side of the victim’s residence facing Ginzburg’s last known location and expended shell casings in the area of a vehicle associated with Ginzburg. Deputies located approximately one third of a pound of Cocaine in the vehicle associated with Ginzburg. Deputies sought and obtained a search warrant for the property, which was served, and Deputies located additional evidence related to the attempted murder of the victim.
Based on the above, Ginzburg was arrested for 664/187 PC (Attempted Murder) and 11351 H&S (Possession of Cocaine for Sales). Ginzburg was transported and booked into Mendocino County Jail, where he was to be held in lieu of $250,000 bail.