On August 6th, at approximately 6:52 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a reported shooting that occurred in the 2700 Block of Sea Biscuit Drive, in the Rancho Navarro sub division of Navarro.
Responding deputies arrived and found medical personnel staging in the area. Deputies entered the scene and found the victim, a 55 year old male, deceased from a possible gunshot wound.
Witnesses at the scene identified 58 year old Michael Saner, of Navarro as the suspect and his description and vehicle information were broadcast county wide. The Sheriff's Office received several tips, including one from local emergency medical personnel who had responded to the call. The tip indicated that a vehicle matching the suspects vehicle had been seen in the area of Flynn Creek Road traveling towards Comptche.
A Mendocino County Sheriff's Detective as well as patrol deputies who were responding to the original scene checked the area of the Redwood Church in the 31200 Block of Comptche Ukiah Road and located the suspect vehicle. The suspect was located inside his vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was subsequently booked in the Mendocino County Jail for homicide. Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives assisted by an Investigator from the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation.
The victim and suspect were known associates and may have been involved in a dispute over property ownership.