Hoopa Man Tells Deputies to Arrest Him, Changes His Mind and Attacks Deputy, Says HCSO

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

201505083 McCoveyOn Thursday, October 22, 2015 at about 11:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the California Highway Patrol, were in Hoopa at the Lucky Bear Casino, parking lot searching for a domestic violence suspect. The deputy came across a subject, arrestee Notchko Paul McCovey, Sr, age 44, of Hoopa. McCovey appeared intoxicated. As deputies approached McCovey and began questioning him he became belligerent and had an aggressive demeanor. McCovey told deputies he had arrest warrants and told deputies to arrest him. When the deputy approached McCovey to place him in handcuffs he changed his mind and began to attack the deputy. A struggle ensued. With the help of the CHP Officer, the deputy was able to take McCovey to the ground and hold him there until he was handcuffed. Throughout this time McCovey was making threats to harm the deputy and kill his family if he came across him again.

Once McCovey calmed down he was placed in a patrol vehicle by the deputy. The deputy transported McCovey to St. Joseph’s Hospital for injuries sustained during the struggle with deputies. The deputy was not injured during this incident.

Notchko Paul McCovey, Sr. was cleared from the hospital and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for PC69 – Obstruct/Resist Executive Officer, PC647(F) – Disorderly Conduct: Alcohol, PC148(A)(1)- Obstruct/Resist/Etc Public/Peace, and PC1203.2- Violated Terms of Probation.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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