Mendocino County Authorities Seek Whereabouts of Shooting Suspect
Above: Michael Anthony Jones
(Photo courtesy of MCSO)
Originally published by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On 01-13-2024 at around 9:20 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a shooting at a residence in the area of the 31000 block of Highway 20 in Fort Bragg, California.
Upon arrival, Deputies contacted a 62-year-old male and learned he was involved in a dispute over stolen property with Michael Anthony Jones.
During this interaction, Jones produced a pistol, pointed it toward the 62-year-old male and fired a single shot. The bullet missed the 62-year-old male and Jones left in a vehicle. Deputies set out to locate Jones at multiple locations and could not find him.
The next morning, on 01-14-2024 at around 7:25 AM, Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the area of the 29000 block of Highway 20 (Fort Bragg), regarding a reported shooting.
Deputies arrived and contacted the same 62-year-old male, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. Deputies were advised that Jones was the shooter and he had fled into the wooded area south of the property.
The 62-year-old male was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.
A search warrant for the location of the shooting was obtained and members of the Mendo-Lake County Regional SWAT Team arrived to serve the warrant.
During the service of the warrant, evidence was obtained, and Jones was not located. SWAT then conducted a parole/probation search at a different residence that Jones was known to frequent on Turner Road (Fort Bragg), and he was not located.
Deputies issued an order of arrest for Jones for the crimes of 664/187 PC (Attempt Murder), 29800 PC (Felon in Possession of a Firearm), and 3056 PC (Parole Violation).
Jones is described as a white male adult, 33-years of age, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Jones has a visible tattoo on the right side of his neck (see attached photograph).
Anyone with information on Jones’ current whereabouts are urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086.”