Saturday, September 23, 2023

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Attempted Murder After Allegedly Gunning Down Fort Bragg Resident

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:

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
[This is a stock photo taken by Matt LaFever]

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.

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  1. He suffered a traumatic event recently that set off schizophrenic episodes, which caused this “outburst”(for a lack of better terms) I’m not making excuses but just shining a light on the subject as I am the other neighbor to this person with our properties conjoining at the driveway and backyard. We had to talk with them as well, since we heard the shots out of our back door/window while getting ready for work.

  2. Schizophrenia, known to be present and recurring. I would say this person had no business being around a firearm. If someone knew about his condition and the presence of firearms, I would think that person is just as responsible or more so.

    • No worries we have cocaine and mental illness in the whitehouse too what could possibly go wrong?? Oh. I see your point. Something must be done!

  3. The coke is not the issue, it is hardly even a crime. Lots of people are cokeheads, and don’t do this kind of thing. Forget about the coke.
    This is about firearms. Affordable casual easy access to firearms. It is a problem everywhere in this country.

    • Putting aside your curious take on the criminality of cocaine, let’s see:

      Affordable casual easy access to firearms: check.
      Affordable casual easy access to drugs: check.
      Affordable casual easy access to mental health services: not so much.

      Civilization is expensive, but we need to pay for it on the front end.
      Turns out barbarism and chaos is just as expensive, but we get to pay for it later.
      Devils Bargain.

    • Eli this isn’t about firearms! This is about how people who want a firearm who should not own one can get one so easy. It’s about the availability to get an illegal firearm. If he is known to have a drug problem or schizophrenia he would not be allowed to own a firearm legally. I’m over the people who want to jump to conclusions and blame firearms and the 2nd Amendment.
      Also it’s easier to get drugs and illegal firearms than it is to get a legal firearm. Thank good ole Biden and Gavin Newsom for that!

      • Well the border is intentionally open to allow any and all drugs in. So lets corral all the dope fiends and give them unlimited guns knives. Spears. Arrows. Sharp rocks. Whatever they want. And get this rodeo going!

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