What We Know About the Officer-Involved Shooting
Though the incident begins earlier, the first clear indication of trouble for most of law enforcement occurred at 4:43 p.m. when CHP requested assistance after a man allegedly fled a traffic stop while carrying a firearm. This occurred near West Commercial between 4th and 5th Street.
The suspect led officers on an extreme foot chase that, according to scanner traffic, included leaping off the balcony at the Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn and scrambling over fences. The suspect stole a red car. Then later abandoned it on 6th near B Street.One witness, a father headed to pick up his son, told our reporter that he saw a red car going the wrong way on 6th Street. Shortly after that, apparently after the suspect abandoned the vehicle, the witness said a man approached his vehicle, pointed a handgun at him, and yelled something. “He assumed the guy was trying to car jack him,” explained our reporter Mark McKenna, “but he didn’t hear what the guy said. He just threw his car in reverse and ducked.” The driver was able to get away safely from the man with a gun.
At 4:51 p.m., according to scanner traffic, an officer reported the suspect “going towards the backlot of the Eureka Police Department.” Then immediately afterwards came the report of shots fired. See video below for one person’s view of the incident.
Video provided by Jessie Riley.
“The cops are shooting at someone in downtown Eureka. Right here, guys,” yells someone off camera after gunfire is heard.
By 4:53 p.m. came the report over the scanner that the suspect was down on 5th Street between B and C. Medical was requested.
Another witness videoed the suspect crumpled on the ground near a car as officers approached and removed what appears to be the suspect’s firearm. Then they called the ambulance closer.
Video provided by Tom Sadler
Below our reporter, Mark McKenna, captured the scene of the shooting, in a series of gripping photos, just after officers approached the suspect.
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