Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Accidental Shooting
Report Number:
2012-25433    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Accidental Shooting
Location:
Deshield Ranch - Potter Valley,CA
When: Date: 9-25-12 Time: 0001 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Nicholas Andrew Noel 32 Potter Valley, CA
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
         
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Synopsis: On Tuesday September 25, 2012 at approximately 0118 hours Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Eel River Road and Ridgeway Highway in Potter Valley for a reported victim of a gunshot wound to the foot.

On arrival Deputies were advised by the victim, identified as Nicholas Andrew Noel, that he had been camping in the bushes about ten miles up the Deshield Ranch Road from Eel River Road, but could not describe the exact location. Noel advised there was a bear in the area, so he grabbed his shotgun and was looking for the bear when he accidentally shot himself in the right foot.

Noel said he immediately applied his belt as a tourniquet to his leg to stop the bleeding. Noel said he got a ride from two unknown persons who happened to be driving by his location in a vehicle he could not describe. He was subsequently dropped off at the intersection where deputies located him. The two unknown persons then drove to a residence on Van Arsdale Road and used used the residents phone to call 911. The two unknown subjects then left the area.

Noel was transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment to his non life threatening injury.

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