[UPDATE 5:34 p.m.] Fortuna Police Have a Garage Surrounded and Are Telling the Occupants to Come Out With Their Hands Up
About 1:15 p.m., over a loudspeaker, they repeatedly asked people to surrender
“Come out with your hands in the air or we’ll send the dog in after you,” one officer said.
Later, an officer told the emergency dispatcher, “I’ve made multiple attempts with the PA to get the subject to come out. He has failed to comply.”
Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht confirmed that officers were at the scene by telephone. He wouldn’t go into details about the situation. He did say, “We are calling in additional agencies to assist us.”
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly at the scene as of 2 p.m.
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
UPDATE 2:25 p.m.: Fortuna Police tweeted, “Police activity on Penn Avenue. Please stay away until all clear is given.”
UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office just tweeted, “HCSO is assisting @ for a barricaded subject in Fortuna. Expect a heavy law enforcement presence in the area of Penn Avenue. Avoid area until further notice.
UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: A medical team is standing by. They are located near but not in sight of the incident, according to the scanner.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: According to Enoch Ibarra, a Crime Prevention Specialist with Fortuna Police, three people have been detained and one suspect may be more are barricaded in the garage on Penn Avenue.
“We have one that we are pretty sure is [the] barricaded subject,” Ibarra said. “We suspect we have more.”
The person believed to be in the garage is a Melvin Matthews, a suspect in a high-speed chase June 9 that traveled in the wrong lane through Fortuna and ended with a vehicle being stolen, Ibarra confirmed.
“[We received a] citizen’s tip that a vehicle that had been stolen was at the location,” Ibarra said. “When our officers made contact about 1 [p.m.], they apprehended three individuals. Then the other individual quickly barricaded himself inside.”
Ibarra confirmed the stolen vehicle was believed to be connected to the June 9 incident. “We are not absolutely sure,” he said but he said that he believed so.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and SWAT team are assisting the Fortuna Police as is a Eureka Police K9 unit and Cal Fire law enforcement, Ibarra confirmed.
UPDATE 4:22 p.m.: According to Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht of the Fortuna Police, “We are clearing the structure now.”
UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht tells us that the suspect has been detained.
UPDATE 4:36 p.m.: Fortuna Police tweeted, “The scene on Penn Ave is now secure. We have the suspect in custody. Additional information to follow.”
UPDATE 5:34 p.m: Police Capture Wanted Felon After Three Hour Standoff