[UPDATE 1:30 p.m.] Officer Wounded by a Bullet Near Ferndale
Ferndale officers reached the downed officer by approximately 1 a.m.
An ambulance is on the way.
UPDATE 1:14 a.m.: “The shooter is unknown at this time,” reports an officer over the scanner. The scene is on the northside of Coppini lane at the end of a narrow driveway, he also said.
UPDATE 1:24 a.m.: Medical is on their way to the hospital with one person who was wounded in the shoulder.
UPDATE 1:42 a.m.: According to earlier scanner traffic, two deputies went to the 600 block of Coppini Bluff. Shots were fired. A woman who was held hostage was detained in the back of a female deputy’s vehicle.
Below is the unedited five minutes of the initial information we heard coming over the scanner.
UPDATE 1:47 a.m.: Reports early on over the scanner indicate that the suspect was hit multiple times. Currently, officers/deputies from multiple agencies–we believe as many as 16 officers–are on the property where the shooting occurred attempting to locate the suspect.
UPDATE 2:35 a.m.: One person left the home that was the scene of the original incident and went with officers/deputies. This is not the suspect but a witness to the incident.
UPDATE 3:15 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect of an early morning officer-involved shooting.
Just after 12 a.m. today sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 700 block of Coppini Road in Ferndale for a welfare check. Deputies arrived on scene around 12:50 a.m. A deputy was shot shortly after arrival. The deputy was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.
The suspect is still outstanding and is identified as Hugo Parral-Aguirre. He is a Hispanic male, 30 years old. Parral-Aguirre is described as an adult male, 5’3″, with brown hair and brown eyes. Multiple local law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search.
Residents in the Ferndale Bottoms area are asked to stay inside while the investigation is ongoing.
We will release more information as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251. [Note: the press release has been slightly updated at 3:21 a.m.]
UPDATE 3:45 a.m.: A person has been detained on the west side of the residence.
UPDATE 4:54 a.m.: Press release update from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
Ferndale officer-involved shooting suspect Hugo Parral-Aguirre was located just before 4:30 a.m. and taken into custody. Parral-Aguirre was transported to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.
UPDATE 5 a.m.:
An ambulance is again being called to the 700 block of Coppini Road for what sounds like another victim, according to the scanner. [Note: There was no additional victim.] In addition, there was a traffic collision on Grizzly Bluff Road that occurred earlier that is being reported as part of this incident.
UPDATE 5:34 a.m.: The Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “Shelter in place lifted for Ferndale Bottoms residents. Investigation is still ongoing.”
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support this morning. We are happy to share that our deputy was released from the hospital and is recovering. We would like to give a special thank you to all of the law enforcement agencies who came to our assistance early this morning on scene and to help us cover the rest of Humboldt County.”
NOTE: Remember this is breaking news and details coming over the scanner can be unclear. We’ll update as soon as we learn more.