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Mill Valley Incident

Yesterday at around 3:44 pm our dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a resident at 939 E Blithedale stating there had been a shooting at the apartment complex. The resident said that two people had been shot. A deputy arrived within two minutes and found a man and woman both suffering from gunshot wounds. The deputy and his back up evacuated the wounded to the street where they were placed into ambulances and taken to MGH for treatment. The man was able to give us the name of the suspect, who also lived at the apartment complex. There was conflicting information as to the whereabouts of the suspect. The MCSO Special Response Team was requested to do a high risk search of the complex to find the suspect. They were able to find the suspect in his apartment deceased, suffering what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot. A revolver was found lying at the feet of the suspect.


Unfortunately the woman did not survive and died at the hospital. The man spent the night in ICU and is expected to survive.

Detectives developed a possible motive of a landlord / tenant dispute. But they have yet been able to speak to man because of his condition. The man is the landlord of the complex, the woman was his daughter. They went to the complex yesterday to talk to the suspect (tenant) about a pending eviction when an argument took place before the shooting happened. The revolver found in the suspect’s apartment is believed to be the weapon used in this incident.


We’d like to thank all our allied partners who helped.

California Highway Patrol

CHP Air Operations

Mill Valley PD

Tiburon PD

Sausalito PD

Novato PD K9

Central Marin PA

NCRIC (Northern California Regional Intelligence Center)

Southern Marin Fire

Mill Valley Fire

And the countless others that offered to send personnel.


The Marin County Coroner’s office will determine cause and manner of death for the woman and suspect. Their names will not be released pending notification of their families.

Lieutenant Steve de la O - Investigations Division