Jun 7, 2018

Booneville man arrested for attempted murder, multiple agencies responded to residence

On 06/07/18, at 0430 hours, deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to an address off of Mountain View Road in Boonville, for a report of suspicious circumstances occurring inside the residence. The homeowner, Ruben James Thommason, was reporting that unknown people were walking through the walls of his residence.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence at 0600 hours in marked Mendocino County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles. The deputies observed Thommason exit his residence carrying a pistol in each hand. Thommason pointed the pistols at the deputies before retreating back inside of his residence.

Sheriff's deputies took cover, called for additional resources, and began to negotiate with Thommason. Officers from the Ukiah Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, California Fish and Wildlife, and members of the Mendocino County Multi-Agency SWAT Team responded to assist.

While the deputies on scene were attempting to negotiate with Thommason he fired a single road from one of his pistols towards one of the officers stationed on the perimeter. This round did not strike any of the deputies or officers at the scene.

Thommason fired a second round from one of his pistols towards deputies and officers after the arrival of the SWAT Team. Thommason eventually surrendered after being allowed to speak over the telephone with one of his relatives.

Thommason was transported to the Mendocino County Jail and booked without incident.

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