[UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: Ridgewood School No Longer on Lockdown] Armed Subject Threatening Suicide; Two Roads Closed

Breaking news graphicThe Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has an armed subject threatening suicide in a home on the 6100 block of Avalon Drive in the outskirts of Eureka, a couple blocks from the Ridgewood Elementary School, according to information coming over the scanner about 1:15 p.m.

Avalon Drive and Ridgewood Drive are being closed.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Ridgewood School is on lockdown, according to scanner traffic.

Law enforcement at an incident

Law enforcement is blocking the road. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: Officers are talking to the suspect and are saying that the situation is no longer an emergency.

Officers at a possible armed suspect home

Officers speak to the man who may be having mental health issues. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: The school is no longer on lockdown.

UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: The roads are open.

Mark McKenna, our photographer tells us that the elderly man’s wife of 50 years just passed away.



  • I want to commend Ridgewood School for the calm and safe environment they created for the kids until the lockdown was lifted. Hope this man gets the help he needs. My heart goes out to him and how alone and lost he must feel right now.

  • Oh My…my thoughts are with this Man…Also hope he gets through what MUST be one of the worst heartache! RIP MA’AM, hang in there Sir!

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