Aaron Bassler shot and killed

1:52 PM, Oct 2, 2011   |    comments
  • Aaron Bassler (Mendocino County Sheriff)
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FORT BRAGG, CA - -- Residents of a Northern California
town say they're relieved after authorities tracked down and
fatally shot a man suspected of killing a Fort Bragg city
councilman and a county land trust official.

Elizabeth McNeill, a sales clerk at a Fort Bragg Sears, says
it's a sad situation, but "people can relax."

Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman says Aaron Bassler was shot seven times on Saturday some 6 miles east of Fort Bragg after he was sniffed out in the forest by a bloodhound.

Three members of the Sacramento County's SWAT team were in the trees above Bassler and when they saw him coming toward them on a timber trail, they shot him.

Allman initially said Bassler raised his gun at the deputies as
they approached, but later said he raised his rifle as he was
falling from the gunfire.

Bassler had been sought since Aug. 27, when Councilman Jere Melo was killed while investigating reports of an illegal marijuana farm in August. Bassler was also wanted in the fatal shooting of Matthew Coleman.

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