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Date Released: 3/1/2007
Subject: Deputies Attacked by Man with Machete
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 200701191
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Loleta

At about 1:30 this morning Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a disturbance at a residence on the 300 block of Table Bluff Road in Loleta. The caller told the Sheriff’s dispatcher that a man who lives at the residence was armed with knives and an axe and had broken out windows at the house.

Deputies arrived and were told that the man was now armed with a machete. The deputies searched the residence but were unable to locate the man. They searched a second residence on the property but did not find the man. Deputies also searched the surrounding areas, including the trees behind the residences.

The deputies returned to the second residence and saw the suspect with a machete, inside the house. The deputies told the man to drop the weapon and come out of the house; he refused. The deputies continued to talk to the suspect for over a half hour in an attempt to persuade him to come out of the house.

Without warning, the man ran out of the house and, with the machete in his hand, ran at the deputies. The suspect was within six feet of the deputies when a deputy fired a single round from his department issued firearm and incapacitated the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is in serious condition.

None of the deputies were injured.

The suspect will be charged with attempted murder.

In accordance with established policy, the incident will be investigated by the multi-agency Critical Incident Response Team.




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