[UPDATE 8:15 a.m. Saturday] Man Dead After Shootout With Hoopa Tribal Police, Says HCSO
In what we believe is a related incident, a suspect being pursued by Hoopa Tribal Police exchanged shots with officers around 8:30 p.m. The suspect was injured. Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies are now responding in support of the tribal police.
North Coast News’ Lindsay Housaman tells us that the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is “investigating an officer involved shooting with a tribal police officer.”
Housaman says that “the suspect was apprehended in the Yurok Tribal area” with non-life threatening injuries.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m.:
According to the scanner, the gunshot victim from Hoopa is at MRCH [Mad River Community Hospital] “and ready for interview.”
UPDATE 12 a.m.: A suspect is dead after allegedly shooting at a Hoopa tribal officer. Because of the shooting, Hwy 96 is currently closed for an investigation and traffic is being diverted to Hwy 169. The investigation is expected to take around 12 hours.
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, about 8:30 p.m. a Hoopa tribal officer was in pursuit of a stolen motorcycle that he had reason to believe was involved in the earlier shooting in front of Ray’s in Hoopa. As the pursuit approached the Weitchpec bridge at the junction of Hwy 96 and 169, the suspect shot at the officer.
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Tribal Police officer fired back in self-defense. The suspect was struck at least once. The suspect is deceased. The officer did not receive any injuries.
The shooting is being investigated by CIRT which consists of the Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Eureka Police Department, and Humboldt State University Police. As is standard in these situations, the officer has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. His weapon and clothing will be examined as part of the investigation.
UPDATE 8:15 a.m.:
North Coast News reports, “[T]he Hoopa Valley Tribal police car involved in the incident was hit by gunfire. It appeared as if the driver’s side window had been hit by a bullet.”