[UPDATE 9:05 p.m.] Breaking News: CHP Officer Shot, Suspects at Gunpoint
Traffic is being halted in some areas. “No westbound traffic past R Street and 4th Street,” requests an officer.
Two ambulances have been requested.
UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: “There is a vehicle still at scene with three occupants and a suspect down,” according to scanner traffic.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: An outstanding suspect seen fleeing northbound from the scene.
UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: According to a witness at the scene the officer appears to have been shot in the leg. The suspect that is down appears to be not breathing.
A K9 unit has been requested.
UPDATE 4:44 p.m.: A helicopter is being requested. Photos provided by Robert Kroeker.
UPDATE 4:51 p.m.: Witness and reporter for this site, Robert (Bobby) Kroeker tells us that seven shell casing are being marked.
UPDATE 5:06 p.m.: Someone was shot in the car, reports Kroeker. In addition, Law enforcement has closed off Hwy 101 (4th street) at R Street and Q Street. Q Street is closed between 4th and 5th.
UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Photographer Jessica Ernst sends these photos from the scene:
UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: More photos from the scene by Bobby Kroeker.
UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Photos from the scene about 5:30 p.m. from Oliver Cory.
UPDATE 6:08 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has its mobile command center at the scene. Officers from multiple agencies are on site.
UPDATE 6:14 p.m.:
UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: “Traffic southbound is backed up to Target,” says Betsy Totten from Caltrans. Traffic control is in place and drivers are being asked to detour left on R Street and then head down Sixth Street, she said.
“People are being really patient and following all of our cones,” Totten explained. “We’re pretty impressed with how people are minding signals.”
UPDATE 6:33 p.m.:
Audio from the scene.
UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: According to Chief Andrew Mills, A CHP officer made a traffic stop. When the vehicle was stopped, a person came out of the car firing at the officer. The officer was struck but returned fire. The suspect succumbed to his injuries.
UPDATE 7 p.m.: Another photo from the scene as officers discuss the situation.
UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: According to Caltrans spokesperson Betsy Totten, Fourth Street will likely be closed until tomorrow morning. If you must go through Eureka to southbound Hwy 101 take Sixth Street to Broadway. Allow more time for your commute and avoid the area if possible.
UPDATE 7:48 p.m.: Here’s a map showing the detour.
UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: Below is a transcript of Chief Mills’ report on the situation earlier today:
The Eureka Police Department received a call of an officer that had been shot at the corner of Fourth and Q Streets. A CHP officer was shot and was down. Our officers went there to render aid and assistance. Upon their arrival, they found one CHP officer who had been shot and was down on the ground holding a car at gunpoint. The officers took care of him, and then with the fire department. And one other person had been shot at the scene. And here’s what we have learned up to this point. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle. And when he made the traffic stop on the vehicle, a short time afterward, a person came out of the car firing a handgun at him, and he was struck and he went down and returned fire, wounding the suspect. That suspect has succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. And that’s all we have at this time. I will not take any questions at this point because we just don’t have more information until we start doing interviews and collecting evidence.
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