Authorities say they have killed the suspect in two fatal shootings that sparked a massive manhunt in the redwood forests of Northern California.
About 50 officers and two bloodhounds were scouring the forests near Fort Bragg, a day after Aaron Bassler fired shots at Alameda County deputies.
A man suspected of killing two people in Mendocino County coastal communities in the past seven weeks—including a former Fort Bragg mayor—allegedly fired on Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Thursday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
Surveillance cameras have captured an image of the fugitive suspected of killing a city councilman in Mendocino County and a land trust manager, according to authorities.
Authorities continue to search for the man suspected of gunning down two prominent Mendocino County men late last month. Now, that suspect, Aaron Bassler, is being looked at in connection to a disturbing double murder on a Jenner Beach seven years ago.
Aaron Bassler’s father spoke to KCBS and said he is concerned about his son, who has a history of mental illness.
The man being sought for the shooting Fort Bragg City Councilmember Jere Melo has also been tied to another recent murder, the Mendocino county Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
A Northern California town was reeling Monday after the death of a well-respected city councilman and former mayor who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation.