[UPDATE!] Suspects Attempting to Flee Traffic Stop Captured at Gunpoint by EPD
Then the officer said he saw the vehicle commit a traffic violation. He then began to make a traffic stop but thought he could tell that the occupants, one female driver, and two male passengers, were preparing to flee the car on foot. He called for backup.
According to the second officer, the suspects were trying to flee the car even before it came to a stop. However, a number of other officers were quickly on the scene and no one escaped.
The vehicle is being towed for evidence and the three suspects have been detained. At this point, we haven’t learned why the suspects were so eager to flee.
UPDATE 6:02 p.m.
According to Chief Steve Watson,
An alert Eureka Police Department officer on patrol this afternoon, Bram Jansen, conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle occupied by several subjects. A high risk traffic stop was conducted near Wabash and B Streets. Several detained and a pound of methamphetamine seized. Further to follow via a forthcoming press release. Well done Officer Jansen and team! — with Bram Jansen.
Below are more photos of the incident from our photographer, Mark McKenna.
UPDATE With photos of two of the suspects: