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 08-09-2023 at around 7:50 PM, The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a person in the 2900 block of Richards Road in Redwood Valley, CA. The caller identified himself as 46-year-old Clinton Maxwell, who told the Dispatcher that he had shot his neighbor who he found trespassing on his property.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the location and requested that EMS stage in the area until the scene was deemed safe for them to enter. Upon arrival, Deputies encountered Maxwell who was detained without incident. Deputies located Timothy J Abshire, 46 of Redwood Valley, in a remote area of the property on a dirt road. Deputies and EMS performed life saving measures including CPR however Abshire succumbed from the gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased.
During the course of this investigation, Maxwell was subsequently arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Corrections Facility for homicide, a violation of section 187 of the California Penal Code. Maxwell will be held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The circumstances leading up to and during this incident are still under investigation. Any persons who might have knowledge of this incident or any information leading up to the shooting are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.