Investigation Continues Into Officer Involved Shooting
“The officer is “cross-deputized by the Sheriff’s Office,” Hanson explained and can pursue anywhere in Humboldt County. In any case, because of what Hanson characterized as a “fresh pursuit” of a suspect in an “attempted homicide,” the officer was justified in following the suspect out of tribal lands.
Just north of the intersection of 96 and 169, the motorcyclist crashed.
Around 8:30 p.m., the suspect began firing at the officer. “The officer’s vehicle was struck multiple times,” Hanson said. “In self-defense, the officer fired back.” As a result of the gunfire exchange, the suspect was killed.
The names of the officer and the suspect cannot be released at this time as the coroner is still on the scene. The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) consisting of the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and officers from Humboldt State University, Fortuna and Eureka, are investigating the shooting.
The original victim is currently in the hospital.
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