A ‘Ton of Cops’ Surrounded A House Near Lafayette School, Detained Three Suspects
Officers from the Eureka Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Offiice surrounded a house at the intersection of 17th Street and Terrace Way in Myrtletown, which next to Lafayette Elementary School, a little after 1 p.m. today.
Our reporter Mark McKenna, who was at the scene, said the initial call stemmed from a report of a stolen silver Toyota Tacoma parked in a carport.
When officers arrived at the scene, a female was spotted in the stolen vehicle. However, she fled into a residence when officers tried to contact her.
Officers then set up a perimeter around the area and attempted to get the occupants of the residence to come out. A male complied with their orders right away and was searched and detained.
“The other two refused to cooperate for an extended period of time,” Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department said. “However, a negotiator for the sheriff’s office was eventually able to convince them to come out peacefully.”
Lafayette Elementary was advised of the situation. However, McKenna said there was no immediate threat to the children’s safety. A secretary with the school told us that the people at the school were told to “shelter in place,” which is a step down from a lockdown.
“The vehicle that was confirmed stolen was also driven by a suspect in an assault with a deadly weapon this morning earlier in Eureka, where a victim was shot three times in the face with a pellet pistol,” Watson said.