On Saturday, Deputies Searched for Man Who Said He’d Been Shot in the Head

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On Saturday, a wounded young man called the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center telling them he had been shot in the head and needed an ambulance on Humboldt Hill. Deputies began searching the area and couldn’t locate him. Meanwhile, a group of teenagers found the wounded man alongside Hwy 101 at the King Salmon offramp.

According to Tanner Hall, he, his girlfriend, his younger sister, and her boyfriend were driving on Hwy 101 when something off the main road caught his eye. “We were heading southbound on 101 when right on the other side from the Tiptop [Club]. I saw a movement over the bank,” he said. “I yelled, ‘Stop the car…I went down there. There was some dude laying in the offramp.”

Hall said the man “had to be late teens and early twenties.” He added, “He was about my age or a little older…He was going in and out of shock. He had a pretty good sized wound in the back of his head.”

One of the teenagers called 911.

According to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, “The subject was transported to a local hospital and it was determined that he had not been shot in the head, but did have some sort of head injury.”

Karges explained that deputies have had trouble getting information on the source of the wound. “The man became uncooperative at the hospital,” she explained. “We have no outstanding suspects at this time, however, sheriff’s deputies are still investigating this incident.”

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