Shots fired during alleged wheelbarrow heist in Mendocino County

A Piercy man has been jailed for allegedly twice firing a shotgun while stealing his neighbor’s wheelbarrow.|

A Piercy man is being held in the Mendocino County jail for allegedly firing a shotgun outside a neighbor’s home during a wheelbarrow heist.

Bradley Nystrom, 46, was booked Sunday into the Mendocino County jail on suspicion of robbery, carrying a loaded firearm in public and discharging a shotgun within 500 yards of an occupied dwelling, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman and her 14-year-old daughter were inside their home along Highway 271 in northern Mendocino County when the incident occurred, sheriff’s officials said. The woman told deputies she was preparing a meal at about 11:40 a.m. when she heard a gunshot. She said she looked outside and saw Nystrom standing in front of her house with a shotgun. He took a wheelbarrow, fired another round and walked to his residence, the woman told deputies.

Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the CHP, contacted Nystrom in front of his residence and arrested him without incident, officials said.

He was held on $155,000 bail, according to jail officials.

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