Man Dies After Officer Involved Shooting in Trinity County
A deputy with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department fired his weapon at a man believed to have been retrieving a firearm yesterday around 4 p.m. at the Indian Creek Trailer Park in Douglas City. The man died at the scene, according to Stephan Sleeper who is running the park.
“He just wouldn’t listen to what the officers were telling him to do,” Sleeper explained. “They shot him…The kid should have just backed away. He’d still be alive today.”
According to Sleeper who told us he watched the shooting last night, the young man had been in a dispute with a former girlfriend.
Sheriff Bruce Haney told the Trinity Journal that the young man was trying to force the woman into a car at gunpoint. Deputies responded and told the man to put his hands up.
Sleeper said the young man reached into the car to get something.
According to the Trinity Journal, that something was a firearm.
Sleeper explained that the officer then shot the suspect.
Afterwards, Sleeper said, there must have been 40 or 50 officers up here investigating after the shooting. “[The department of the shooting officer] can’t do their own investigation,” he explained, so the California Highway Patrol was called. However, because of the investigation into the serious accident involving a CHP officer that closed Hwy 101 yesterday, there was a shortage of those officers, Sleeper said, so then a Department of Justice team was brought in to conduct the investigation.
Neither the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office nor the California Highway Patrol responded to questions about the incident.