Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 245(A)(2) PC, 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 12022(A)(1) PC
Report Number:
2013-35207    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
245(A)(2) PC, 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 12022(A)(1) PC
Location:
17000 block of Van Arsdale Road Potter Valley, Ca
When: Date: 10/29/13 Time: 0137 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: William Vaughan 24 Potter Valley, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Harlan Peter Gentry 24 Potter Valley, Ca
Suspect #2: John Harrison Gentry 26 Potter Valley, Ca
         
Written by: Lieutenant Jason Caudillo
Synopsis: On 10/29/13 at 0137 hours Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 17000 block of Van Arsdale Road in Potter Valley, California for a reported shooting.

Harlan Gentry had called the Sheriff's Office dispatch center and reported he had intentionally shot his friend, William Vaughan, in the leg with a .45 caliber pistol.

Upon arriving in the area of the residence Deputies learned Gentry and Vaughan had spent the evening drinking alcohol and shooting firearms at the residence.

Gentry and Vaughan got into an argument that led to a physical altercation. During the altercation Gentry forcibly removed Vaughan from the residence.

When Vaughan attempted to reenter Gentry’s residence, Gentry retrieved his .45 caliber pistol from the living room before returning to Vaughan's location near the rear porch.

Gentry shoved Vaughan down onto the ground and then fired a single shot into one of Vaughan's lower legs.

Gentry and another man who was at the residence then placed Vaughan into a pickup truck with the intention of driving him to a hospital. Sheriff's Deputies and medical personnel intercepted the pickup leaving the residence.

Vaughan was flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Santa Rosa, California to be treated for a non-life threatening injury.

Gentry was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, being armed in the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana. Gentry was transported to the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Sheriff's Detectives and members of the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team served a search warrant at Gentry’s residence and eradicated a total of 366 growing marijuana plants with 313 of those plants being from an indoor grow operation. There was 70 pounds of processed marijuana bud, 150 pounds of drying marijuana bud, three firearms, and approximately $19,000 in US currency also seized from the location.

John Gentry was contacted at the location and was arrested for cultivation and sales of marijuana. John Gentry was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.


Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten