Police Seek Suspect Who Fled From Traffic Stop, Passenger Arrested With Gun

This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


Andrew Barnes [Left] and Shad Sovereign [Right]

On 03/30/16 at about 10:51 p.m., an officer with the Eureka Police Department began following a red Ford Explorer known to be connected to a wanted felon. The officer activated his emergency lights near Myrtle and West streets and the driver stopped and immediately fled from the vehicle on foot.

The officer stayed with the vehicle and detained the passenger, Shad Sovereign, 34 of Eureka. Officers set up a perimeter and searched the area with police K9, Vex, but were unable to locate the driver. Officers found a loaded firearm with the serial number removed inside the vehicle.

Sovereign was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His charges include felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and parole hold.

The driver, Andrew Barnes, 27 of Eureka, remains at large. Barnes has been identified as a suspect in the recent armed robberies. Fortuna Police has an active arrest warrant for his involvement. Barnes also has a felony parole warrant and multiple fresh charges are pending from last night’s incident.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Barnes, please call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4044.

Tweet from Chief Andrew Mills:

Previous Sovereign arrests:



  • Seen that guy before we don’t need new laws when we don’t enforce the ones we already have.

  • Shad? Isn’t that a fish.

  • Sovereign maybe lil prison for him .felon fire arm supposed to be 5 yrs ,but he’ll do parole violation. ,and will be back to wreak havoc once again .

  • I just don’t understand why the reports say the serial number of the firearm was removed, yet the serial number is visible in the photo. I get that these guys are dirtbags, and likely guilty, but adding false details to the report and making the crimes artificially worse is not right. If the photo was just a BIT better I could actually make out the serial number.

  • I thought the same thing .I can see the serial# and make .

  • If they’d just make that illegal, that would put an end to it. Oh, wait…

  • Brookesia Micra

    Who names their kid after a sardine?

  • One of the 40 something gun laws we have on the books that are not enforced. A felon with a firearm, very illegal, yet he has one. Bought or stolen from a black marketer. He has been caught before but the ol’ slap on the wrist, see you later treatment, like the rest of the States.

    I know lets make more gun laws to further restrict their use by the law abiding citizens, while continuing to ignore or not enforce the laws on the books!! Brilliant!!!!

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