Here is audio from the 8:00 PM press conference on today’s encounter with fugitive Aaron Bassler, in the mountainous woodlands outside the town of Fort Bragg. (It might take a while to download, especially on dial-up.) Approx. 32 minutes run-time:
A brief summary: According to Sheriff Tom Allman, Bassler opened fire from a hundred yards on a trio of specially trained SWAT team deputies from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, near the recent cabin break-ins around Northspur, fourteen miles east of Fort Bragg. They returned fire and Bassler “appeared to disappear,” moving to a new position. After a few minutes he opened fire again, and again shots were returned. Allman said the deputies fired a total of ten rounds in the gun battle, but could not confirm how many times the suspect had fired on them.
The three-member Alameda sheriff’s team was not injured. Bassler escaped, and he is now facing additional charges of three counts of attempted murder.