Shooting Suspect Escaped Search in the Ferndale/Bear River Casino Area
Law enforcement got word on Friday that Shawn Hof, Jr. who was wanted for shooting at a Fish and Wildlife officer in August of 2016 was going to be near the Bear River Casino. According to Lt. Ken Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, an officer patrolling near Singley Road located a vehicle that was associated with Hof last night. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle but the driver would not yield. Instead, the driver drove at a slow rate of speed for some time. When the driver, eventually pulled over, a person or persons fled the vehicle on foot.
“We’re not sure who it was [that fled,]” Swithenbank said. However, it is believed that Hof may have been the individual.
A K-9 was brought to the area. However, the K-9 took some time to arrive and rain had removed the scent and officers were unable to track the suspect.
At this point, officers believed that Hof may have gone to a home in Ferndale. Swithenbank said that the SWAT was already in the area because of the information they had received that Hof would be located around the Bear River Casino. SWAT went to the Ferndale residence where there was a gathering of about 10 people.
The 10 individuals were detained but Hof was not located. The Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to search for him. There is a $20,000 reward offered.
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