[UPDATE 12:30 p.m.] Suspect Who Threatened Officer With Knife Holed Up in RV

According to scanner traffic, a suspect waving a knife threatened a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy then fled into an RV on Allard Avenue. Scanner traffic indicates that the suspect also “implied” they had a firearm.

The Sheriff’s Office has requested backup from Eureka Police. A perimeter has been set up.

“They are negotiating with the subject right now,” according to the scanner.

UPDATE 11:51 a.m.: A reader sent us this photo of officers surrounding the RV.Officers at the scene of a perimeter

UPDATE 12 p.m.: A reverse 911 requesting nearby residents to stay inside has been issued.

UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: According to Lt. Kenny Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, After negotiations, the suspect surrendered and is now detained. The suspect was in a domestic dispute when law enforcement arrived on the scene and that is when he made gestures at the officer with a knife.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Photos by Mark McKenna:



  • He probably gonna get shot knowing EPD.

  • The police here in Eureka, are predominantly idiots. Under trained, low intelligence, inefficiently equipped and grossly absent of common sense.

  • The epd just dont have the training the brains or the know how to expect anything other than a civilian death.
    Its a sure thing.

    • So you choose a picture of someone in a US Army uniform to spew hate about EPD? Get a life, or better yet, become a police officer and change the world! The Legend sucks!!

  • Wow- miracles happen constantly where 99.999999 percent of those arrested do not get shot . And this is despite dealing frequently with a segment of population with an average IQ 10% lower than average and the self restraint of a toddler.

    Nothing like spew commenting on a story demonstrating the exact opposite of the point trying to be made for a reality check.

  • If it wasn’t for the epd there would be more of you senseless people being robbed or murder by meth and heroin addicts.they do there best when dealing with crazed people.[edit]

  • I have an idea…instead of blaming the police who are doing what they can to protect others, look at the idiots that are causing the problems. If you don’t want to be shot, don’t wave a gun or other weapon around. A gun is always loaded and you are never supposed to point a gun unless you are going to pull the trigger. That is enough reason for an officer to respond with shooting someone pointing a gun.

  • I remember when the sheriff was shot and killed through the door of an RV in the park where the Harley dealer is now.

    • Sheriff Cox as I recall.

      • Lost Croat Outburst

        Sheriff Gene Cox was off-duty when called to help a relative with a recalcitrant tenant. I believe the sheriff was shot through the door by the deranged perp who had just been released from a mental health institution. Cox was a big guy and mostly bled out all over. By all accounts a ghastly, tragic event. Every uniform within miles showed up and when the suspect resisted apprehension he got to do the jumpin’ -up-and-down dance as he was sprayed with lead. Just like in the “Godfather,” Good riddance. No hand-wringing over police procedures or mercy for the homicidal maniac. Not like today when somebody else like the police must be blamed for a perp’s bad choices.

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