47-Year-Old Was Victim in Today’s Shooting; Second Vehicle Possibly Involved Located

Close up of shooting scene.

Close up of shooting scene. [Photo provided by a reader]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Dec. 7, 2018, at about 2:49 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of State Highway 36 near mile marker 43 for the report of a traffic collision and gunshot victim.

When deputies arrived on scene, they located a truck alongside the road with damage consistent with a traffic collision. Inside the vehicle, deputies located a 47-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

While continuing to investigate, Sheriff’s deputies located a second vehicle possibly involved in the collision on Van Duzen Road near Alton.

Sheriff’s investigators are currently in the process of interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence. This incident is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to contact Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Mark Peterson at (707) 445-7251.



  • nothing good ever happens when you are out at that hour unless you are working.

  • Did this go down on 36 or on Van Duzen road? I’m confused.

  • RIP brother “AJ”

  • Van duzen road isn’t near Alton. I’ve heard through the grapevine that it was the Sanchez, Fiddler posse. AP 8. Scumbag rippoffs. He was chasing them and unfortunately caught up. RIP AJ

    • This is Van Duzen Street. I haven’t had time to check with the Sheriff’s Office but I’d bet this is what they meant.

      • Hey Kym honestly and I know it sucks but you need to shut down the comment blog when it comes to murder cases.there are too many trolls that disrespect the victims and their families.not just this tragic story but all that involve death.please show respect for family like you do news.thanks

        • As a whole, I think it better to refute poison that allow it to spread quietly through the community. But it would help if people with positive voices and logical trains of thought would comment more often.

        • Thank you for mentioning this, Sicks. It’s been very disturbing, to say the least.

        • Right , censor what you don’t like . That makes it all better . Would you like a lollipop for your owwie too?

          • C’mon, having someone murdered is not just an owie. That someone would want their loved one or friend respected especially when everyone is still dealing with the death isn’t surprising nor “snowflakie” (if I can make that word up on the spot.)

            This is a legitimate concern. I just think that solution is individuals taking responsibility for being sensible and civil not me trying to impose my idea of what is sensible and civil on everyone else.

            • But Kym, that is still the same thing as one person’s idea of “sensible” is not going to match yours anyway. I leave civil out as that is a foreign concept to many anyway.

              If a harsh statement is also accurate, is it ok even if damning to the deceased? Is the usual topic drift into generalities in comments to be taken as disrepectful when it has little to nothing to do with the deceased but relatives or friends see it as personal?

        • Agree, at least have a moral filter.

    • CRAZY ass monukas for sure and ya sure everyone has something bad to say about everyone but at the end of the day he was a good cat, that is if the victim is confirmed to be who you say.


    • ~dear me. This horrible loss of another good man . . . sad, sad, sad.

    • I’m John Rex Fidler,I dont appreciate my name being misspelled,and slandered [edit].I dont steal or rob I work and earn what I’ve got My father has been dead quite awhile and my little brother is in prison where he is happiest.My sister is in the army where she has served to protect t our freedoms.I say to you I’m no ripoff,or scum so please keep my name out of your comments Mr local farmer aka just another dope grower.My condolences for the relatives of the deceased,I did not know the dead person to my knowledge I hope his killers are found quickly with little publicity .They dont deserve the fame or satisfaction.

      • Sorry I didn’t mean disrespect to you. I was saying what I heard through the grapevine. Rang true to me knowing many victims of the fiddler and sanchez “gang”. Glad to hear that the bad ones are either dead or in prison. I’m definitely not”aka just another dope grower”. So you can keep your disrespectful comments in alder point.

      • Your sister has done nothing for my freedom.

  • I thought it was AJ from the look of the truck. What little I know of him he was an upbeat funny dude. Tragedy he had a kid and wife.

  • Is this AJ from little store on the prairie?

  • Wasn’t there a similar person of this discription that showed his farm on this website?

  • It was def Aj . I passed his truck and cops yesterday morn . I didn’t see bullet holes . I thought it just a car accident .looks like he was heading from his house west on 36 which seems weird at 2 am. Rip bro

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  • We passed it yesterday to get our xmas tree and it was ON 36 just a couple miles east of Dinsmore above the trailer park before the ranger station. They were still investigating about 1pm and cleaned up by the time we came back around 3-4pm.

  • So sad. From what I’ve heard he was a good dude. Please please please catch the fuckers that did this!

  • If anyone knows anthing about who did this please report it to the Sheriff. AJ was a good man!

  • evin rude johnson

    The 2018 SoHum per capita homicide rate is going to look like Syria. The collapse of the black market aint pretty. Stay safe people.

  • There shooting everybody outthere its getting really bad out there with the pot growers .theres no honor anymorewith all thedifferent races trying to take over the industry .there used to be plenty of room for everybody .legalizing pot is creating a turff war and if something doesnt get done its only fonna get worse


      AJ’s fucking wife.

    • The real problem is the hateful Anti-pot Community always likes to twist every crime into a “pot related crime”, this does a real disservice to the community who is trying to heal from the loss of a loved one. It is sad that these anti-pot types can stoop to such lows to politicize their agenda of hatred, control of others and ego consciousness. Trolls, plain and simple

  • That’s really sad! My condolences to the family and friends of this guy AJ! You know, sometimes it’s just not worth it…let it go and live or be the do the right thing guy and die! Gunshot to the head but no bullet holes in truck…Truck is on wrong side of road, parked. Sounds more like an execution!

  • “While continuing to investigate, Sheriff’s deputies located a second vehicle possibly involved in the collision on Van Duzen Road near Alton”. – Van Duzen Street -West end of 36.

    Any news on this report?

  • R.I.P. Mr. Not Yet Named. May swift justice be brought upon the one(s) responsible for your early demise. My condolences to your loved ones.

  • ive always liked to think that while loose on pot laws, the emerald triangle is quiet aggressive when it comes to busting violent crimes… hopefully there was good evidence left behind and they can get the people responsible for whatever happened. AJ was a well respected guy, RIP brother man

  • Disgusting supervisors

    Humboldt county has one of the highest unsolved murder rates in the whole COUNTRY!!!! It also has one of the highest missing persons rates in the country!!! Per capita its off the charts. Our law enforcement is too caught up and obsessed with money grabs and extortion too actually do police work!!! Maybe that new armored vehicle at our expense will get some murders solved!!! Bbbllaaa. Hhhhaaa hhhhaaa. Yeah it was funny to me too

    • I can’t say that i’ve checked records or newspapers lately (i swore off newspapers the beginning of this year).

      Nevertheless, let’s emit positive thoughts outward, specifically so this man’s family and friends can find resolve and lighten their load.

    • Horseshit. Last year our per capita murder rate was 1 per 100,000. The national average was 4.2.

      Fake news, quit makin’ things up.

      • Where did you get those stats? I couldn’t even locate a current Humboldt County homicide total for 2018.

      • Him.thatdude.thathonkey.

        That’s only when a body is found that it’s counted as a homicide. How many people go missing every year out there and never found? I’m pretty sure the homicide per capita is substantially higher than 1 per 100k. It’s just way too easy to dispose of the bodies in humboldt. Go down any old logging road at 3 am. Really wish this “fake news “ bs would come to a stop The only false claim is the one your making No body no case. Therefore no markup on the homicide ticker. Bet if you look at the missing persons per capita humboldt would be in the highest bracket nationwide.

      • its more like 7 per 100,000. same as el salvador.

        • Him.thatdude.thathonkey.

          That sounds more reasonable. Thanks for the reality check for mr fake news up there. Humboldt county is the most dangerous place I ever lived for many different reasons. Southern Oregon is way better on every level

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