Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance
Report Number:
12-7423    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance
Location:
38501 S. Highway 1, Gualala
When: Date: 04.02.12 Time: 7:40 AM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: The People of the State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Stephen Morris 60 Pacific Woods Rd. Gualala, CA
         
Written by: Lieutenant Greg Stefani
Synopsis: On 04.02.12, at about 7:40 AM, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a call from a Gualala area business reporting that Stephen Morris is in the business seeking refuge from a person that he believed intends to do him harm. Deputies were further informed that Morris was carrying a firearm and appeared to be under the influence of something.

Upon their arrival deputies found that Morris had relinquished the firearm, a loaded .22 revolver, to the staff of the business. While investigating the incident deputies determined that Morris was under the influence of a controlled substance. Morris' claims of possible harm were unsubstantiated.

Morris was arrested without incident for a felony violation of 11550(E) of the California Health & Safety Code, (Carrying a loaded firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance). Morris was lodged at the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $25,000.00.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten