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A Covelo man on the run after a shootout with Round Valley Tribal Police Monday morning has been caught thanks to an anonymous tip. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for Jeffery Joaquin following a confrontation with Tribal Officers that included Joaquin allegedly firing a shotgun toward them, hitting one officer in the face with what they described as "birdshot" although he was not seriously hurt. The officers fired back but did not hit Joaquin, who got away. Later in the day the tipster claimed to have seen him at a home on Barnes Lane. Tribal Police surrounded the home and Joaquin surrendered. He is being without bail on numerous charges including Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

A police chase from Cloverdale to Geyserville has ended with the suspect’s car crashing and bursting into flames. There were two people inside the car, which flew off the road and landed upside down in Dutcher Creek while fleeing Cloverdale police. The Press Democrat reports both people were able to get out of the car on their own. One person was taken by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The other person was taken to the hospital by ambulance. There is no word yet on the suspect’s names or what led to the chase.

A guy who punched and then threatened a Ukiah Police officer has been arrested at the Airport Park Blvd Wal-Mart. UPD officers were doing a security check in the parking lot Monday morning after continued complaints about illegal camping there. They spoke to several people they say were in violation of the City of Ukiah’s camping ordinance. Some of them had to be woken up, one of which was Paul Bittner who after standing up suddenly punched a UPD officer in the face without any type of warning and then while then being arrested allegedly threatened to shoot the officer. A records check revealed that Bittner was on Parole. He is now in custody. The officer was not seriously hurt.

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