[UPDATE 12:40 p.m.] Homicide in Hoopa
The situation was complicated by a slide closing the road on Hwy 96 making access difficult for law enforcement and emergency personnel.
UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: Reportedly multiple subjects were involved in an altercation that left one man dead and one suspect on the run from law enforcement. The incident happened in downtown Hoopa at the mini mart and gas station. The business is now closed and encased in crime scene tape as the Humboldt County Sheriff and the Hoopa Tribal Police search the scene for evidence.
According to Sgt. Greg Allen of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, his office was notified of a “disturbance in Hoopa Valley at 8:35 a.m.” A stabbing had occurred, said Allen. A life flight was called for the 30-year-old male victim. However, he was being transported by ambulance when he was pronounced deceased, Allen explained.UPDATE 12:22 p.m.: Our reporter Oliver Cory did a little research. He tells us, “This is Humboldt County’s first confirmed homicide of the year. Additionally, we’ve reported four stabbings in Humboldt County in the past 10 days.”
UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 02-13-16, at approximately 8:32 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a disturbance in the Hoopa Valley. Deputies and Medical personnel arrived on scene and began life saving efforts on a 30 year old male. The male victim was transported to a landing zone to be flown out by helicopter. The victim succumbed to his injury prior to being transported by helicopter.
There are no suspects at this time. This incident is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
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