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Press Release - UPD Case #23-0607 - Felon in Possession of Firearm

Date: 03-24-2023

Location: 2000 Block S State St

Suspect: Trinidad Magdaleno-Pulido, 20-year-old-male from Ukiah

Violation(s): 29800 PC – Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon (Felony)

                     33215 PC – Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun (Felony)

                     30305 PC – Possession of Ammunition by Prohibited Person (Felony)

                     1203.2 PC – Violation of Probation (Felony)


On 03-24-2023, at approximately 11:14 am, a Ukiah Police Sergeant was on patrol traveling eastbound in the 100 block of Laws Avenue in Ukiah. The Sergeant observed a vehicle traveling southbound on S. State Street at an extremely high rate of speed. As the Sergeant accelerated southbound onto S. State Street to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the reckless vehicle, he observed a second vehicle behind him that was also traveling at a high rate of speed.

The UPD Sergeant conducted a traffic enforcement stop and the driver yielded in the 2000 block of S. State Street. Upon coming to a stop, a female subject in the vehicle behind pulled in front of the suspect’s vehicle and exited her vehicle rapidly. She stated that her boyfriend (Trinidad Magdaleno-Pulido) had her cellular phone. The female did not want prosecution against Pulido; however, she did want her cellular phone back. The phone was provided to the Sergeant by Pulido, who then returned it to the female. Pulido was seated in the front passenger seat while his father was driving. Pulido’s father stated that his son and his girlfriend were in an argument, and he was trying to get him away from the situation. This was his reason for driving recklessly.

The Sergeant was familiar with all the involved parties, and additionally knew that Pulido was on active Mendocino County Probation for a prior case involving controlled substances and a firearm. The terms of Pulido’s probation included, but were not limited to, “Obey all laws” and “Submit to search and seizure.”

Additional UPD Officers arrived to assist the Sergeant. Pulido was directed to exit the vehicle to perform a probation search to determine if he was in compliance with the terms of his probation. The Sergeant was performing a search of Pulido’s person when he observed the distinct handle of a firearm on the floor behind the passenger seat of the vehicle. Pulido was handcuffed immediately while Officer’s drew their department firearms and told the driver to keep his hands in the air. The driver was removed from the vehicle and detained in handcuffs.

Once Pulido and his father were detained, and the scene was secure, the firearm was removed from behind the passenger seat. It was found to be a sawed-off (short-barreled) single shot 12-gauge shotgun. In the same grocery bag that the shotgun was located sticking out of, was a green metal ammunition container. Inside of the container was a box of Winchester .40 caliber pistol ammunition containing 100 live rounds. There was a second yellow hard plastic container inside of the ammunition can containing numerous live rounds of .25 caliber auto pistol ammunition.

Through the Sergeant’s investigation it was determined that Pulido had placed the grocery bag containing the listed items into the vehicle when his father picked him up from his girlfriend’s residence just prior to the traffic stop.

A records check on Pulido revealed that he was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. Pulido was arrested for the above listed offenses and transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked and lodged.

Pulido’s father was released from the scene with a warning for his driving, and Pulido’s girlfriend left without any charges.

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