FORT BRAGG, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) — Authorities in California say they are searching for the killer of a Fort Bragg city councilman shot to death while investigating a marijuana-growing operation.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said Council Member Jere Melo was killed Saturday near the Noyo River, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Jere is probably the hardest-working councilman ever,” Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner said. “He’s a guy that gets along with everybody. He brought civility to the council.”
Melo is survived by his wife Madeleine and two children, Turner said.
The Times said Melo had heard about a marijuana-growing operation and went with another man to investigate. The mayor said someone “jumped up and opened fire.”
The man with Melo got away and called authorities.
Police said they were looking for transient, Aaron Bassler, who is in his 30s, as a suspect.