Redwood Valley man arrested for shooting at firefighters


UKIAH, Calif. - A man shot a gun at a CAL FIRE crew in Redwood Valley at around midnight on Oct. 14, according to officials. The firefighters were busy battling flames from the devastating Redwood Valley Fire when they were reportedly shot at.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) along with law enforcement officers from other county and municipal jurisdictions responded to the report of shots fired on West Road.

MCSO said they soon learned the CAL FIRE crew and its fire engine were parked on property belonging to 73-year-old John Maxwell Heron. The firefighters heard a man shouting at them from a house, then heard gun shots coming from the same location, authorities said. The CAL FIRE crew quickly left the scene to contact law enforcement.

Eureka Police Sgt. Eddie Wilson said he was in Mendocino at the time, assisting with fire response when they got reports of shots fired.

"A person fired shots at a Cal Fire engine and a crew who were putting out spot fires," Wilson said.

While deputies were investigating the incident, Heron called 911 to report intruders on his property, according to MCSO. Deputies said on the 911 call Heron also reported that he shot his firearm.

Officials said Heron was contacted in front of his house where he resisted arrest at first.

According to MCSO, he was subsequently arrested on two charges: Discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and resisting a peace officer.

No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.