Social Media Alerted Trinity County Law Enforcement and Helped Apprehend Attempted Murder Suspect

This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Upton, StevenOn 11/12/15 at approximately 5:43 p.m., EPD officers responded to multiple reports of shots being fired near Grant and D Streets. As officers were responding to the scene, additional calls came in reporting there was a female gunshot victim at an apartment in the 1000 block of E Street. Officers responded to the apartment and located the victim. The apartment was secured and medical personnel responded to the scene. The victim was transported by medical personnel to St. Joseph Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was alert and talking when she left the scene.
Witnesses at the scene described seeing a male subject running from the apartment wearing a dark gray or black hooded sweatshirt and black beanie. The suspect ran south on E Street from the apartment and then west on Clark Street.

Detectives from our Criminal Investigation Section and our Problem Oriented Policing unit responded to the scene. Information garnered early in the investigation helped us identify the suspect as Steven Nicholas Upton of Eureka. A county-wide bolo for Upton was released to all Law Enforcement Agencies requesting Upton be arrested for attempted murder if located. The same information was provided to the media on scene advising the public that Upton should be considered armed and dangerous and to report any sightings to law enforcement immediately.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., EPD received information from law enforcement personnel in Trinity County that they had stopped and detained Upton as a result of a traffic enforcement stop on Hwy 36. They advised they recognized Upton from pictures that were shared on social media sites.

POP Detectives responded to the location of the traffic stop and took custody of Upton. The vehicle he was driving was also seized as evidence and transported back to Eureka where it will be processed. Upton was interviewed by detectives and then booked at the Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and a probation violation.

This was not a random act of violence. Upton and the victim know each other, however the exact motive for the shooting is still unknown.

The victim was treated at St. Joseph Hospital for two gunshot wounds. One to the leg and one to her hand. She was flown to an out of the area hospital due to her injuries. Her injuries are not expected to be life threatening.



  • Thank you for stating this was not a random act of violence. I would appreciate seeing that more often in police press releases. It ups the already inflated fear when people think these crimes are random.

    It seems that a high majority of crimes are not random here, does the epd/apd/sheriff’s dept have stats on how many assaults and break ins are random acts? And how bout that map of crime hot spots in Eureka that was made a few years ago?
    It showed that majority of crime was in certain neighborhoods so no surprise we’ve seen multiple crimes in the same geographical area over the last few weeks.

  • Well, if our local LEO agencies aren’t communicating with each other, directly, at least they’re all viewing the same social media feeds (and blogs.) It’s always good to see a (presumed) violent perpetrator apprehended quickly!

  • way to get the photos and info out there, thank you much!!

  • the misadventures of bunjee

    If our justice system actually works, he will be gone a long time.

  • LEOs are thick as flies on 36 and they got a bad guy, not just a Hmong with a truck load of weed..they are stopping everybody on 36, so if you drive on 36 in Trinity County be ready to talk to a bunch of rude jerks that think they are above the law and will search your car even if you say no, so be warned

  • Scummy looking dude

  • Living, breathing, POS!

  • Thank God they caught this scum bag how dare he think he could get away with murder or attempted murder.

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