[UPDATE 2:42 p.m. Suspect Dead] Shots Fired at Standoff in McKinleyville
At approximately 1:20 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department fired off a flashbang at the scene of the standoff in McKinleyville. Our reporter Bobby Kroeker heard a warning that it was coming followed by a bright light and a loud sound. Then six shots were fired in a rapid succession. There was a short silence. Then more shots.
A woman left the apartment. We’re not sure where she came from as there was no indication that there was a female at the scene before.
The standoff began Wednesday after a man fired at deputies responding to the report of shots fired at the Redwood Creek Apartment building in McKinleyville.
UPDATE 1:51 a.m.: A law enforcement officer ordered the press to move from the area they were staying.
UPDATE 1:57 a.m.: Three shots fired by the suspect. “We have visible flame,” reports law enforcement over the scanner. More shots fired by the Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE 2:05 a.m.: According to scanner, the subject is lying down. Hands not visible and not following commands.
UPDATE 2:06 a.m.: More shots fired. Lights are shining onto what appears to be a man lying on the porch. Officers went to the man and have asked for medical to respond “code 3.”
“Suspect detained,” reports someone on the scanner.
UPDATE 2:09 a.m.: Arcata Fire has moved up closer. No smoke or flames visible at this point.
UPDATE 2:11 a.m.: Medical personnel can be seen with the suspect.
UPDATE 2:14 a.m.: Firefighters appear to be dealing with a fire in the apartment but no flames are visible.
UPDATE 2:21 a.m.: Smoke is visible coming from the apartment building.
UPDATE 2:27 a.m: Firefighters are on the roof and venting the fire. A large amount of smoke can be seen.
UPDATE 2:33 a.m.: Over the scanner someone can be heard requesting a police camera to take photos before the fire destroys the evidence.
UPDATE 3:10 a.m.: Law enforcement tells reporters that the suspect is deceased. The officer states that while a woman was being escorted from the residence the suspect opened fire at the officers out the window. “We returned fire,” the officer said.
The suspect lit some things on fire at that time, the officer explained. Firefighters fought it from the rear. The suspect began shooting at officers. They returned fire, the spokesperson stated. The man was detained, medical was called and the man was pronounced deceased.
Sutter Road is still closed and will be for some time as evidence is processed.
UPDATE 8:42 a.m.: Sutter Road is open to one way controlled traffic. A press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man killed in a standoff with law enforcement early this morning. David Alan Fulton, age 59 of McKinleyville, died last night after exchanging gunfire with officers.
Sheriff Mike Downey released a rundown of events immediately before the fatal shooting. Below are videos showing a major part of the press release.
UPDATE 2:42 p.m. Interview with True Value manager. His store was headquarters for the operation.