[UPDATE: More From Fortuna Police] Fortuna Union High School Locked Down; Armed Individual at Business Nearby
A little after noon Fortuna Union High School locked down in response to an armed person at Gobles Funeral home, confirmed Fortuna Police Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht.
He said the situation just began and he doesn’t have more information at this time.
UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: Fortuna Police Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht confirmed that the lockdown at the School has been lifted. We’re getting word that parents are streaming in to pick up their children.
Ellebrecht confirmed that the suspect shot himself.
We’re awaiting more details.
UPDATE from Fortuna Police:
On Monday, January 11, 2021 at approximately 11:58 am Fortuna Police Department received a report of a subject in the 500 block of 12th Street in Fortuna who was in possession of a handgun. The subject reportedly fired a round into the air and was holding the gun to his head. As a precautionary matter, Officers immediately initiated a lockdown at two nearby schools, Fortuna Union High School and Fortuna Middle School and utilized reverse 911 to send out a shelter in place order to the surrounding area. Officers arrived on scene and quickly located a fifty year old deceased Fortuna resident and a handgun. Once the scene and handgun were secured the lockdowns and shelter in place orders were lifted.Evidence and witness statements indicated that the deceased suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There is no evidence of any danger or threat to the public. Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was called into investigate the matter further.Further identification of the deceased may be released by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office at a later time.Fortuna Police Department would like to thank our emergency services partners who assisted in this matter, Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire Law Enforcement, Ferndale Police Department, Fortuna Public Works and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.