Man Arrested For Shooting Shotgun While Sitting Next to Several Methamphetamine Pipes

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On Dec. 5, 2017 around 9:13 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park on the 1200 block of Allard Avenue in Eureka for reports of a single gunshot. Upon arrival, deputies observed park resident Robert Joseph Murphy, 57, with a shotgun and several methamphetamine pipes near where he was sitting. Murphy admitted to deputies that he shot the gun in the air, “to send a message.” Murphy stated he had not slept for several days due to methamphetamine usage and was being harassed by a individual who was no longer on scene. Murphy was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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