Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Once Again Scoured the Area Near Alderpoint Looking for the Suspect in Last Weekend’s Fatal Shooting
Yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department again searched without success the areas east of Garberville around Alderpoint for Zach Harrison a suspect in the shooting death of 58-year-old Robert James Holtsclaw on September 23.
“We tried to keep it low-key,” explained Lt. Dennis Young of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. “We sent up six members of our special operations team.” He said that they were assisted by the California Highway Patrol helicopter.
Young said that they had hoped to catch Harrison “while he was moving to minimize problems, but we did not locate him.”
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department would like to catch Harrison who is considered armed and dangerous. Lt. Young said they know the community is understandably worried. “If someone shot and killed someone and was still on the loose where I was, I would not be comfortable,” he acknowledged.
“Our…guys are really pleased we got a lot of support from the community,” he said. “You never know when you go out into areas that don’t see law enforcement very much. [But,] our eyes weren’t on marijuana. Our eyes were on the safety of the community…That’s why most of us get into that line of work.” He stressed, “We want to protect everybody in our community.”
Young urged community members to reach out. “Hopefully, someone in the community might give us some information and we can arrest Zach,” he said. “They can call the main line [(707) 445-7251] or the tip line [(707) 268-2539] and leave an anonymous message or Investigator Mark Peterson [(707) 268 3663].”
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