Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 664/187 PC - Attempted Murder / 2800.2 CVC - Avoiding Peace Officer with Reckless Driving
Report Number:
2013-6208 UPDATE    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
664/187 PC - Attempted Murder / 2800.2 CVC - Avoiding Peace Officer with Reckless Driving
Location:
900 block of Highway 253 Ukiah, California
When: Date: 02-25-2013 Time: 2149 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Christopher Skaggs 30 Redwood Valley, California
Suspect #2: Walter Kristopher Miller 42 Ukiah, California
         
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten
Synopsis: ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

On 02-25-2013 at 2149 hours a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a sedan displaying an expired registration in the 1200 block of South State Street in Ukiah, California.

Once the sedan stopped the Deputy approached the driverís window to contact the driver. Upon reaching the window the vehicle quickly accelerated southbound on South State Street, which prompted the Deputy to give chase.

The Deputy engaged the sedan in a vehicular pursuit as the sedan reached speeds of approximately 80-90 miles an hour.

The sedan shortly thereafter turned westbound on Highway 253 and slowed to speeds of approximately 50-60 miles an hour. At this time the sedan swerved into the opposing traffic lane several times, even in the presence of blind curves in the roadway.

In the 900 block of Highway 253 the front passenger of the sedan partially exited the open passenger window and shot several times at the Deputy's patrol vehicle with a handgun. One of the bullets struck the patrol vehicle's radiator and shortly thereafter rendered the patrol vehicle inoperable.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies from county-wide converged to the area in an attempt to locate the sedan that was last seen traveling westbound of Highway 253.

At this time the search was aided by personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Police Department, Cloverdale Police Department and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

During the search the sedan was found abandoned in a driveway leading to a residence located in the 6000 block of Highway 253. As a result, a reverse 911 call was initiated to residents in the surrounding area.

During a search of the driveway near the sedan several items where found that showed the escape path, by foot, of the suspects.

Deputies on scene noticed the items found were reported as being stolen from a residential burglary on Van Arsdale Road in Potter Valley earlier in the evening.

It was noted by Deputies that several firearms (handguns, rifle and shotgun) and ammunition had been stolen during the residential burglary but had not been recovered with the abandoned sedan.

Sheriff's Detectives responded to the scene and are conducting further investigations into the shooting incident.

At this time Detectives have identified Christopher Skaggs (30-years-old from Redwood Valley, California) and Walter Kristopher Miller (33-year-old from Ukiah, California) as persons of interest in this incident. The public should consider Skaggs and Miller to be possibly armed and dangerous.

Skaggs is currently wanted on an unrelated burglary and robbery incident reported to the Sheriff's Office on 02-19-2013.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Skaggs and Miller are urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE:

On 02-26-2013 at approximately 0900 hours Sheriff's Detectives received information that Christopher Skaggs was seen walking in the 3000 block of South State Street in Ukiah.

Sheriff's Detectives responded to the area and saw Skaggs near the intersection of South State Street and Norgard Lane. When Sheriff's Detectives attempted to contact Skaggs he fled on foot and was subsequently apprehended after a short foot chase.

Through further investigations Sheriff's Detectives have identified Walter Kristopher Miller as being the person whom discharged a firearm at the Sheriff's Deputy during the vehicular pursuit.

At this time Miller's current whereabouts are unknown and the public should consider him to be armed and dangerous. Sheriff's Detectives believe Miller to still be in possession of a firearm and he has a history of violent behavior.

A photograph of Miller can be found by accessing the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office website at www.mendocinosheriff.com and by selecting the "County's Most Wanted" link on the left side of the main page.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Police Department, Cloverdale Police Department, Santa Rosa Police Department, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, Mendocino County District Attorney's Office, California Department of Justice Forensic Bureau and U.S. Marshals Service for assisting in this investigation.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Miller is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten