COVELO – On February 27 around 5:00 p.m. a woman was shot on her right middle finger and was at the emergency room of the hospital.
The 20-year-old woman was listening to music in a bedroom at a residence in the 76000 block of Henderson Road when she heard the gunshot and realized she had been struck by a bullet.
34-year-old Ira Reyes ran into her residence and apologized for shooting her.
Reyes said that he was “shooting at someone else inside his residence thinking they were trying to reclaim a firearm he had previously stolen from them.”
On February 29, with search warrant in hand, deputies went to Reyes’ residence and served the warrant, although Reyes was not on site at the time. They discovered a bullet hole in a wall and expended shell casings to a firearm.
On March 5 officers with the Round Valley Tribal Police were in a vehicle pursuit. Reyes jumped out of the fleeing car’s passenger door and ran into the woods near Little Valley.
Reyes threw down a backpack that had a firearm inside of it. However, he escaped from the officers.
Two days later the Mendocino Police Department received a tip that Reyes was in a sports utility vehicle as it was parked at Barnes Lane.
This time deputies approached stealthily, and arrested Reyes without incident. The convicted felon is prohibited from possessing firearms, such as the loaded semi-automatic pistol found in his vehicle.
Reyes was booked on the charges of shooting into an inhabited dwelling, assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $500,000.