[UPDATE 9 p.m.: Mendo Sheriff Deputies Responding to Assist] Shelter in Place, Shots Fired, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents of Part of McKinleyville
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office just tweeted,
Shelter in place – residents on Sutter Rd btwn Central Ave & Park Rd in McK. Reports of shots fired.
— Humboldt Sheriff (@HumCoSO) August 17, 2016
UPDATE 10 a.m.: A Margaret Gundersen posted on the McKinleyville Community Watch, “Sutter Rd from Central Ave to Park Rd will be closed to traffic due to a active shooter/barricaded subject at Redwood Creek Apt. Residents in the area will receive reverse 911 to shelter in place. Will advise further as develops.”
UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: According to a reader who sent in this photo, “They have sherrif , chp, state parks, fish n game, several unmarked leo, life support, etc.”UPDATE 10:12 a.m.: The intersection of Central Avenue and Sutter Road in McKinleyville is closed.
UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: According to a local, those leaving Sutter can do so by Azalea to North Bank Road.
UPDATE 10:46 p.m.: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office states, “Sutter Rd from Central Ave to Park Rd will be closed to traffic due to a active shooter/barricaded subject at Redwood Creek Apt.”
UPDATE 11:08 a.m.: According to Selena Zorrilla-Mendoza spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from her department responded this morning to a report of shots fired at the Redwood Creek Apartment in McKinleyville. “While we were out there, the suspect shot towards the deputies,” she said. “The deputies returned fire and the suspect fled into an apartment.”
As of 11 a.m., the suspect is still barricaded in the building. “We are in the process of evacuating residents,” said Zorrilla-Mendoza, “However, we want them to shelter in place until contacted by the Sheriff’s Office. We are evacuating the apartment complex.”
The California Highway Patrol, the Eureka Police Department, the Arcata Police Department, and State Parks are currently assisting, she said. SWAT has been deployed and mental health representatives as well as hostage negotiators are on scene. “We’ve requested assistance from Mendocino county Sheriff’s Office.”
UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Law enforcement vehicle with bulletproof vest in its window.
UPDATE 11:16 a.m.: A reader tells us at 10:42 a.m., “Just saw at least 6 sheriff vehicles and a tan armored SWAT? Vehicle fly through Laytonville sirens and lights on. 2 at a time about 5 mins apart. Hearing more sirens now.” We believe this is the requested response from Mendocino.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: The CHP helicopter has been requested. The bomb squad trailer just arrived.
UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “McKinleyville Family Resource Center, 1450 Hiller Rd is available for those who have been evacuated from their residence.”
UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: A helicopter is circling the scene.
UPDATE 1 p.m.: Information released by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
At approximately 0900 hours this morning the Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots fired at the Redwood Creek Apartments on Sutter Rd in McKinleyville. Deputies arrived on scene and set a perimeter around the apartments. The suspect emerged from his apartment and shot at the deputies. The deputies returned fire and the suspect retreated into his apartment. The suspect has barricaded himself in his apartment. Deputies were not injured during this engagement.
Crisis negotiators and Mental Health are on scene along with CHP, EPD, APD, State Parks, and the HCSO SWAT team has been deployed.
Residents in the area please shelter in place. The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of evacuating residents, but do not evacuate without being contacted by law enforcement.
UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: According to a press conference held on the scene, several residents of the apartment building where the alleged shooter has barricaded himself in, have been evacuated with the assistance of the Mendocino Bearcat armored vehicle. Other residents are still in the approximately 40 apartments and being told to stay in place.
Law enforcement hasn’t had contact with the alleged shooter, a 55-year-old male at this time nor have they attempted to contact him.
UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: Although initially negotiations with the alleged shooter appeared to be going well, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey reports that the man has not responded recently to attempts to contact him.
UPDATE 9 p.m.: Law enforcement is using a bullhorn in an attempt to talk to the suspect.
UPDATE Thursday 1:46 a.m.: Shots fired. Click here for more.