COVELO- On September 7, 2018 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting at a residence in the community of Covelo. As deputies arrived Round Valley Tribal Police (RVTP) officers were at the scene and reported two subjects were shooting at each other.
RVTP officers contacted one of the subjects, identified as Loren Riley, who was in possession of a shotgun in the driveway to the property. Riley was ordered to drop the firearm and was detained.
Several wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to assist. The second suspect in the shootout ignored commands to surrender and fled the scene. CDFW wardens came into contact with the second suspect running and detained him. He was identified as Isaac Islas who lived in a trailer at the same property as Riley.
Deputies determined Riley and Islas were involved in an earlier physical altercation in which Riley was hurt. Riley returned and allegedly fired a 12-gauge towards the trailer where Islas resides. Based on evidence at the trailer, it is also alleged that Islas fired a pistol towards Riley.
Riley, on formal probation, is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms. Islas was also determined to be a prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to prior criminal convictions.
Riley was arrested attempted homicide, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and violating terms of his probation.
Islas was arrested for battery with great bodily injury, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and participating in a criminal street gang.
“These are extremely dangerous calls to pull up to and I’m grateful the responding deputies, officers and wardens detained and arrested the armed suspects with no law enforcement officers hurt,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “CDFW wardens assist local law enforcement officers, particularly in some of the more rural areas in which officers have to travel a greater distance in responding to a call.”