City councilman killed after finding CA pot field

Bassler was last seen with a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said Monday.

Officers from multiple agencies, including state fire prevention specialists and fish and game agents, are searching the area.

“All the jurisdictions involved have a stake in locating this suspect and preventing any other serious injuries,” Smallcomb said.

Melo was in his 15th year on the City Council and had dedicated most of his life improving Fort Bragg. Services for Melo are scheduled for Sept. 10 at the football stadium he helped to build, Turner said. Melo is survived by a wife and two adult children.

Turner said city officials met with grieving staff on Monday. City Manager Linda Ruffing told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, “Jere was just loved and respected by so many people.”

“We know we’re crippled,” Turner said. “We’re still trying to process this and I told my colleagues that we have a truckload of work to do now because Jere did it more and better than anybody.”

via : Forbes

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