Man Dead and Officer Injured After Early Morning Shooting at the Arcata Plaza
At approximately 1:40 a.m, an officer involved shooting occurred at the Arcata Plaza. A Humboldt State Universtiy officer was injured and a man, not a student, was killed.
A witness, Elijah Browning, who took the video above showing officers performing CPR on the man tells us, “The man…seemed under the influence…[He] went towards the police…[Officers] called in [that an officer was shot and then] opened fire…[The man] came outta nowhere… from the jam area…[I]t was so random.”
Browning said he was drunk and isn’t sure the man shot first but he thinks so.
A press release from the Arcata Police gives more information:
On September 9, 2017 at about 1:40am, an Arcata Police Officer and a Humboldt State University Police Officer were investigating a report of a man seen waiving a handgun on the Plaza. Reportedly the man was involved in an altercation when he displayed the gun.
Preliminary reports indicate that as the police officers approached a parked vehicle, the suspect, a twenty-six year-old male, with past felony convictions, got out of the vehicle and fired a handgun at the officers. The Humboldt State University Police Officer was wounded by the gun fire. Both officers returned fire, hitting the man. The man was not an HSU student. He was pronounced dead at the Mad River Community Hospital. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family. The police officer who was shot was transported to a local Hospital where he has been admitted. His injuries are not life-threatening. A handgun was recovered at the crime scene.
The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) which includes investigators from the Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Fortuna Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Department of Justice Crime Laboratory are investigating this shooting.
Witnesses are asked to call the Arcata Police Department, (707) 822-2426.
No further information will be released at this time. The Arcata Police Department will issue an update this evening at 6pm.
Meanwhile, the Arcata Farmer’s Market is happening alongside the crime scene. “We’re all scrambled today but we’re here,” said Paul Leslie, Board Member with the North Coast Growers and owner of Humboldt Honey Wine. The farmers won’t be in their regular spots but they will all be available, he said.
HSU President Lisa Rossbacher released a statement saying, “Our officer was shot this morning while serving and protecting our community. He was treated, and I’m relieved to hear that he is in stable condition. I want him, and his family, to know that we appreciate his service and that they are in our thoughts.”
HSU Police Chief Donn Peterson stated, “This situation began with the University Police Department assisting Arcata Police as they responded to an incident near the Plaza. A University Police officer was shot and wounded during an encounter with an armed subject. His injuries are serious, but do not appear to be life threatening. The role of the University Police Department now will be to support the investigation into this incident.”